Sunday, February 25th, 7-10pm
We will host a small fundraiser, celebratory screening event at the Lost Origins Gallery in Mount Pleasant (DC). We'll show an hour+ of DC Punk short films edited from our archives, some will only be seen at this event! Subjects range from the story of a little known 1979 band which included HR of the Bad Brains - to the WPA punk festival in 1978 with Divine and the first generation DC punks. Join us! Food will be provided as well as delicious deserts by our friends at Elle DC

Write us for details at lex@materialcinema.org 

Update-02_21-2018 only a few spots left!


  VIDEO DEMO HERE, available through DISCHORD

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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Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years, including everyone who helped us out with our KICKSTARTER campaign. We can't wait to roll the film out in 2018!