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Punk the Capital is both a documentary film exploration of the birth of DC Punk (circa 1976 to 1984) and a long term engagement with Punk Rock and its role as cultural catalyst. We continue to work in various capacities with other documentary projects, D.C. non-profit groups, and punk related archival projects.

PUNK THE CAPITAL the documentary

When punk erupted in the nation's capital in the mid-late 1970's, it was a mighty convergence of powerful music, friendships, and clear minds. The sounds and ideas that emerged from those early years of punk/hardcore-punk continue to influence and inspire around the world. Punk the Capital captures that explosive time and situates D.C. Punk history within the larger narratives of punk and rock n' roll.  

The film takes us through the untold story of how the D.C. punk scene was built from the ground up despite the "hostile environment" of Washington D.C.. A legendary artist’s co-op named Madams Organ looms large in our film, as a ‘free space’ where many great punk bands got their foothold (1979-1980). Punk the Capital includes a large amount of unseen Super-8 footage from the co-op. From the perspective of that family-sized row house, this film dives back into an array of D.C. area bands of the late 1970’s (Slickee Boys, White Boy...) and looks forward into the growth of DC’s hardcore punk scene of the early 1980’s (Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Faith...).

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For those of you who have asked how they can still contribute to the very last costs of our film and our general D.C. Punk archival work, we have created a PAYPAL button, below. Thank you!