David Byrne's 'True Stories,' 1986 Image courtesy Warner Bros.


David Byrne: True Stories

July 17
7 p.m.
July 19
7 p.m.
Art, Film

David Byrne’s 1986 cult-classic film about a fictional Texas town named Virgil is screening at the Walker this week. Inspired by tabloid headlines, True Stories jumps from malls to nightclubs to small-town fashion shows—featuring luxurious grass suits, decadent headpieces, and camouflage outfits—with a deadpan aloofness and absurdist charm. Byrne narrates, while actors Spalding Gray, Swoosie Kurtz, John Goodman, and gospel singer Pops Staples make appearances. The films’ soundtrack features the Talking Heads, as well as avant-garde musicians like Meredith Monk, Kronos Quartet, and Tito Larriva. In 2018, Byrne helped restore the work, adding surround sound. The screening is part of the Walker’s Lost Films & Restorations series, which lovingly presents independent cinematic masterpieces.