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Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film: For Fans Only

29 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

If you're not already a fan of indie country crooner Bill Callahan, watching Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film will be like attending an hour-long set of a capable musician you'll probably forget about by the next day.

Directed by Callahan's partner, Hanly Banks, the misleadingly titled Apocalypse — actually the name of the singer's 2011 album — is short on memorable visuals, ideas, and stories. Between performance excerpts from Callahan's U.S. tour are too many filler shots of passing landscapes from the bus.

It's like looking out the window from the back seat of a car while another passenger drones on with nebulous, slightly grandiose statements. "A year ago I decided that symbols were everything," Callahan says by way of personal revela »

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'Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film' Picked Up By Factory 25

28 March 2014 8:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Factory 25 announced that it has acquired the world rights to Hanly Banks's concert film "Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film." The film centers on Drag City singer-songwriter Bill Callahan during a two-week tour from New York to California.  Callahan has been a pivotal figure in the lo-fi movement over the past twenty years, both under his own name and the moniker Smog. The film takes an impressionistic look at his life on the road during his 2011 tour for his third album under his own name, "Apocalypse," which was selected by Pitchfork, Uncut, and Mojo as one of the best albums of 2011. The film played in 2012 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center as a part of their "Sound & Vision" series. "Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film" will see release at Brooklyn's reRun Theater on May 2, followed by screenings across the country in the spring. The film will hit VOD »

- Max O'Connell

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