True Stories

True Stories

Music icon David Byrne was inspired by tabloid headlines to make his sole foray into feature-film directing, an ode to the extraordinariness of ordinary American life. The Talking Heads front man plays a visitor to Virgil, Texas, who introduces us to the citizens of the town during preparations for its Celebration of Specialness. As shot by cinematographer Ed Lachman, Texas becomes a hyperrealistic late-capitalist landscape of endless vistas, shopping malls, and prefab buildings. In True Stories, Byrne uses songs to stitch together pop iconography, voodoo rituals, and a singular variety show—all in the service of uncovering the mysteries that lurk under the surface of everyday experience.



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Director

David Byrne

Credits

Director: David Byrne
Executive Producer: Edward Pressman
Producer: Karen Murphy
Screenwriter: Stephen Tobolowsky, Beth Henley, David Byrne
Cinematographer: Ed Lachman
Editor: Caroline Biggerstaff
Production Designer: Barbara Ling
Sound Designer: Leslie Shatz
Music: Talking Heads
Principal Cast: David Byrne, John Goodman, Jo Harvey Allen, Swoozie Kurtz, Spalding Gray, Annie McEnroe, Roebuck "Pops" Staples
Additional Credits: Costume Design: Elizabeth McBride, Fashion Show Costumes: Adelle Lutz, Casting Director: Victoria Thomas, Texas Production Associate: Christina Patoski

Contact

Distributor 
Warner Bros Home Entertainment
kim@criterion.com
Public Film Contact
Kim Hendrickson
The Criterion Collection
kim@criterion.com
212-756-8775
Publicity Contact
Courtney Ott
courtney@cineticmedia.com
917-849-9235
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Genre: Comedy, Music
Screening Section: Special Events
Screening Format: Narrative Feature
Country: ["United States"]
Language: English
Runtime: 89:04 mins