Music-related films only make up about ten percent of the programming of this year's Houston Cinema Arts Festival, or five out of almost 50 films in all. But those five -- about far-flung subjects ranging from Indonesian street musicians, graffiti-strewn subway trains (set to a killer soundtrack), a Houston Ballet production, everyday citizens starring in impromptu music videos, and the one and only Bjork -- are easily as diversified and eclectic as both the six-year-old HCAF and the city that houses it. (See a full schedule of the fest, which runs tomorrow through Sunday, at this link.)
Images courtesy of Houston Cinema Arts Festival Bjork's Biophilia Live was partially recorded on an iPad.
But besides its diversity, another thing that has become a calling card of the HCAF is its accessibility. Of this year's five music-themed selections, all except one are free to the public (space permitting), and the other -- the Bjork film -- is said to be like no other concert film in history, well worth the price of admission. Many other screenings are also free, while still others will be introduced by special guests like Houston rapper Bun B, who will do the honors for Jalanan (the Indonesian-musician film) tomorrow night at Cafe Brasil. Rocks Off will actually be on hand to introduce Bun and pick his brain about Jalanan afterward, so come up and say hi.