For anyone in NYC tonight, go check out a free screening of David Byrne’s wonderfully strange film, True Stories.
Screening at 7:00pm sharp (Doors 6:30)
FREE Admission (2 dollar donation suggested)
21+ (Cash Bar)
Disjecta hosts a screening of David Byrne’s criminally under-seen True Stories, which is best described as a magical-surrealist-comedy-musical. Made in the mid 80s, True Stories is an eerie prediction of where we are today. The film observes the emergence of computer chips, shopping malls, and modern advertising, as well as comments on how these relate to, and often intrude on, human interaction. However, instead of doing so with pessimism, it does so with such a curiosity that the film could almost be considered joyful, according to promoter Nate Wey. “This is our humble way of helping more people discover this magical work,” says Wey.
This movie does what some painters try to do: It recasts ordinary images into strange new shapes. There is hardly a moment in ‘True Stories’ that doesn’t seem everyday to anyone who has grown up in Middle America, and not a moment that doesn’t seem haunted with secrets, evasions, loneliness, depravity or hidden joy - sometimes all at once. This is almost like a science-fiction movie: Everyone on screen looks so normal and behaves so oddly, they could be pod people.
- Roger Ebert