Bill Callahan Rolls on Like a River…

In the spring of 2011, not long after the announcement of his last album, Apocalypse, Callahan received a letter from Banks, a then-26-year-old NYU Film School graduate and Houston native who was working as a videographer in Manhattan at the time. Though it was yet another proposal for a tour documentary, her approach was distinct, Callahan says. “Some people have tried to do something similar in the past, and it’s never worked out,” he notes. “I get a lot of request letters, formal letters, and it’s usually really obvious from reading whatever they write that it’s not going to work. But Hanly wrote three to five sentences, five at the most. It was very concise. She didn’t try to sell herself or flatter me or anything like that; she just said what she wanted. No one does that. I knew it would be fine.”

Bill Callahan Rolls on Like a River…

In the spring of 2011, not long after the announcement of his last album, Apocalypse, Callahan received a letter from Banks, a then-26-year-old NYU Film School graduate and Houston native who was working as a videographer in Manhattan at the time. Though it was yet another proposal for a tour documentary, her approach was distinct, Callahan says. “Some people have tried to do something similar in the past, and it’s never worked out,” he notes. “I get a lot of request letters, formal letters, and it’s usually really obvious from reading whatever they write that it’s not going to work. But Hanly wrote three to five sentences, five at the most. It was very concise. She didn’t try to sell herself or flatter me or anything like that; she just said what she wanted. No one does that. I knew it would be fine.”