SUNDANCE 5 | SAT NOV 10 | 9:45 PM | Q&A
Director: Hanly Banks
Cinematographer: Hanly Banks, Smokey Nelson
Editor: Hanly Banks
Composer: Bill “Smog” Callahan
Cast: Bill “Smog” Callahan
Running time: 60 min.
A collection of live performances and a glimpse of the road from Bill Callahan’s American leg of the 2011 Apocalypse tour, Houston-based Hanly Banks’ experimental documentary captures the underground creativity of the 46-year-old artist, overcoming, somehow, his legendary evasiveness.
For two weeks, Banks explored the shifting landscape as she traveled through California, the Midwest and back to New York in a tapestry of footage from the road and the concert halls. The results are mesmerizing performances by the elusive and magnetic Callahan captured onstage, coupled with evocative images of the contemporary American landscape. Unconventional and engaging, this portrait of the enigmatic singer is a unique experience for lifelong fans as well as newcomers to Callahan’s music.
Callahan, a singer-songwriter and guitarist, began working in the lo-fi genre of underground rock, with homemade albums recorded on four-track tape recorders. Later he began releasing albums with the label Drag City. His most recent album, Apocalypse, was released in April 2011 to highly favorable reviews.