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Texas StateHouston Chronicle

Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark gets his due in new documentary

As planned, Tamara Saviano’s film “Without Getting Killed or Caught” debuted in March at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Admittedly, the documentary about legendary songwriter Guy Clark arrived one March later than expected, screening at the festival earlier this month. But such is the nature of labors of love during a pandemic: After spending several years and $650,000 to make the film, Saviano last year decided to pull it back in and release it when she felt she could more confidently recoup costs for her investors and get the film to the broadest possible audience.

Tamara Saviano Wraps A 13-Year Odyssey Documenting Guy Clark In Book and Film

Inevitably, somebody was going to make a documentary about the late great Texas songwriter Guy Clark. It was far less likely that it would place a strong, fascinating and lesser-known woman at the heart of the story. Viewers will be grateful that writer/director Tamara Saviano emphasizes Guy’s creative, vivacious wife Susanna. For she makes Guy’s flinty, lone-wolf persona more complex and believable.

Tamara Saviano on her documentary, Without Getting Killed or Caught, about folk singer and almost country music star Guy Clark

The documentary follows Guy Clark, his wife, Susanna Clark, and Townes Van Zandt, (all three songwriters) documenting their hits, misses, and the complicated relationship between the three, who lived together for a time. Tamara Saviano is a Milwaukee native and the author of the biography “Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark.” She co-directed the film with her husband Paul Whitfield. Without Getting Killed or Caught had its world debut this week at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival. For more info and tickets to a virtual screening, go to
Austin, TXAustin American-Statesman

Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt back in the spotlight with new and reissued films

Fans of Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt: This one's for you. The two late, great native-Texan songwriters feature prominently in an archival film now screening via virtual cinema streams from Austin theaters, and they're also in a film that will premiere next month as part of the online South by Southwest Film Festival.