San Diego has its share of music festivals and film festivals, but November marks the launch of the Point Music Film Festival, which bills itself as San Diego's first music-only film festival.
It will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, at the 10th Avenue Arts Center in East Village (930 10th Ave.) and will feature 11 different films, including Rubber Soul, a film about John Lennon that premiered at South by Southwest this year, and the 1976 documentary Heartworn Highways , which features interviews with country greats like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.
Rick Bowman, the producer of the festival and a filmmaker himself, says the event came about because of a major gap he saw.
"Not too many film festivals feature films about music—they tend to lump them in with other documentaries," he says. "So, I just wanted to open it up to everyone from different styles of music."
To make the Point festival even more music-friendly, it's also hosting live performances by bands like The Palominos and James Reams and the Barnstormers. Bowman says that having live music is a way of offering more diversity in the festival's programming.
"Not every film that's showing might be everyone's cup of tea, so there are bands playing on the rooftop," he says. "People can go watch them, or get some food or drinks, and then go back to the films later."
Films that Bowman highlights as being particular favorites are OK Buckaroos, a documentary about Jerry Jeff Walker, who wrote "Mr. Bojangles," and It's Gonna Blow!, the San Diego music-scene documentary by Bill Perrine that screened earlier this month at The Victory Theatre.
"I remember some of those bands" in It's Gonna Blow! , Bowman says. "It wasn't a scene I was into, so it really opened my eyes."