One of this summer’s unexpected film-going pleasures has been the Don’t Knock the Rock Film and Music Festival, the weekly screening series of music-related films and panel discussions that has enjoyed raucous, sellout crowds since it kicked off in early August. Everything from L.A.’s underground but globally influential hip-hop scene to the punk-rock movement in Beijing has been on display, and the genre-leaping programming has been reflected in the diversity of the festival’s audience. Things wrap up August 28 with the Los Angeles premiere of Bridget Sutherland’s Far Off Town: Dunedin to Nashville, in which cult New Zealand musician David Kilgour (of the ’80s group the Clean) treks to Nashville to cut a new album. This straightforward look at the making of that album is graced with a sweet wistfulness — a celebration of art for art’s sake that is neither naive nor defensive.
Thu., Aug. 28, 8 p.m., 2008