For the past 25 years, acclaimed Drag City recording artist Bill Callahan has cultivated an indelible musical legacy. Beginning his career as a pioneering low-fi indie rocker and evolving over 14 records, Callahan solidified his position as one of the most critically acclaimed singer-songwriters working today.
Bill Callahan was born in Silver Spring, MD and also spent portions of his adolescence in Pasadena, Columbia, and Bowie. He began recording music in the late 1980s under the name Smog and continued to do so until 2007, when he began to release albums under his given name.
Bill‘s music — always defying easy categorization — has continued to evolve and flourish over the last two decades. His voice has become a force of nature and his lyrics a cinematic evocation of the state of being, all of which make his songs both timely and timeless. Callahan was a special guest at our 2010 Festival where he introduced his film of choice: FACES by John Cassavetes.
Maryland Film Festival is proud to welcome Bill Callahan back to Baltimore for a special outdoor screening of Hanly Banks‘ new documentary APOCALYPSE: A BILL CALLAHAN TOUR FILM. Bill Callahan will be appearing in person with Hanly Banks for a Q & A after the screening and will also perform a short solo set.
Food and drinks for this event will be provided by The Golden West Cafe and beer by Union Craft Brewing. Gates open at 6:30pm and the film screens at dusk. Come early to enjoy the food and drink specials and fantastic sounds by DJ Secret Weapon Dave!
Sponsored by Golden West Cafe, The Current Gallery, Sound Garden, the Ottobar, Union Craft Brewing, and City Paper.
APOCALYPSE: A BILL CALLAHAN TOUR FILM
Friday, August 24th
6:30pm doors; film screens at dusk
The Current Gallery
421 N. Howard St. in the rear courtyard
(in case of rain, the event will be held at the 2640 space located at 2640 St. Paul.)
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Tickets are $5 general admission. Come early for food and drink specials from Golden West. Current Friends of the Festival who purchase a ticket will receive a FREE BEER from our sponsor, Union Craft Brewery! Not a Friend of the Festival? Click here to sign up and find out more about our amazing year-round benefits!
Shot on the U.S. leg of his 2011 tour, APOCALYPSE: A BILL CALLAHAN TOUR FILM is an impressionistic collection of live performances and scenes from the road. Filmmaker Hanly Banks explores the changing landscape through the windows of Bill’s tour van through California, the Midwest, and back to the Big Apple, in a psychedelic tapestry of footage from one of the most talked-about traveling acts of last summer.