If anyone’s life is interesting enough to be turned into a full-length film, Guy Clark would be at or near the top of the list. The only problem would be, where to start? There’s his 40-year career as an award-winning singer and songwriter and a craftsman-like approach to writing that stands almost in direct contract to the Nashville commercial music machine. There’s his circle of friends, which reads like a Who’s Who of Twentieth-Century Songwriters. There’s the complicated relationship dynamics between Clark, his longtime friend Townes Van Zandt and his wife Susanna, herself an artist and songwriter who never really got over Van Zandt’s death in 1997.
That’s certainly enough for a film. Or ten.
Fortunately, the person who’s taken on the task of telling Clark’s life in a documentary is the person who’s arguably the most qualified to do so. Tamara Saviano has known Clark for about 15 years, as a friend, journalist, publicist, producer of a stellar Guy Clark tribute album and biographer. While doing the research and interviews for the biography, she decided that a film needed to be made.