AFS Cinema presents Without Getting Killed or Caught

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Without Getting Killed or Caught
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Without Getting Killed or Caught is the true story of Guy Clark, the dean of Texas songwriters, who struggles to write poetic, yet indelible songs while balancing a complicated marriage with wife Susanna, and a deep friendship with singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, on whom Susanna forged a passionate dependence.

Clark, who died in 2016, wrote and recorded unforgettable songs, including "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting for a Train," for more than 40 years. His lyrics and melodies paint indelible portraits of the people, places, and experiences that shaped him, and no one inspired Guy more than his wife, painter, and songwriter Susanna Talley Clark, and their best friend, fellow songwriter Townes Van Zandt.

Narrated by Academy-Award winner Sissy Spacek, the film follows Guy, Susanna, and Townes on their journey from obscurity to reverence: Guy, the Pancho to Van Zandt’s Lefty, struggling to establish himself as the Dylan Thomas of American music, while Susanna pens hit songs and paints album covers for top artists and Townes spirals in self-destruction after writing some of Americana music’s most enduring and influential ballads.

Based on the diaries of Susanna Clark, the film tells the saga from Susanna’s point of view, and Saviano’s 2016 book Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark.

The film is also screening at Violet Crown Cinema between July 30 and August 5.

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Violet Crown Cinema
434 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701

AFS Cinema
6406 N. I-35 Frontage Rd. Suite 3100
Austin, TX 78752


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