Apocalypse (World Premiere!), Music Man Murray + live performance by Bill Callahan

World Premiere screening! For the past 25 years, under both the Smog moniker and under his own name, Bill Callahan has cultivated an indelible legacy as both a pioneer in the lo-fi movement, and a songwriting talent that’s developed into simply one of our country’s greatest. Offering voyeuristic glimpses into a meticulously constructed universe of disaffection and disorder, his “painfully intimate songs ping-ponging wildly through a scrapbook of childhood recollections, failed relationships, bizarre fetishes, and dashed hopes.” (AMG) 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. Bill Callahan will be here at the Cinefamily in person for a live set after the film — and director Hanly Banks will also be here for a Q&A!

Plus, the evening kicks off with the amazing short doc Music Man Murray (w/ score by Van Dyke Parks), a portrait of 88-year-old Murray Gershenz — obsessive collector of over 300,000 LPs — and his struggles to sell them all through his store in historic West Adams. Director Richard Parks will be here for a Q&A after the film!

Watch the trailer for “Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film”!

Watch the trailer for “Music Man Murray”!
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