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PUNK THE CAPITAL; BUILDING A SOUND MOVEMENT
[in Washington D.C.] 1976-1983

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a documentary film and archival project
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"…love letter to the city’s punk scene."
Washington Post(US)

"The best feature film on the subject..."
Libération (France)

"...a moving and affectionate corrective to punk’s traditionally bleak self-accounting."
The Culture Vulture (UK)




PUNK THE CAPITAL ON TOUR!!!




JANUARY

January 23rd, Lyon, France, L'Aquarium Ciné-Café with filmmaker Q and A

January 25th, Marseille, France, Videodrome 2 with filmmaker Q and A

FEBRUARY

February 28th, Philadelphia PA  Lightbox Film Center   
Post-screening discussion with HR (Bad Brains), Sid McCray (original member circa 1978/1979)
and Howard Wuelfing (Nurses, Slickee Boys)

February 29th, Charlottesville, VA, Alamo Drafthouse

MARCH

March 11th, Brooklyn, NY, Nitehawk Cinemawith special guest Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion), Michael Hampton (SOA, Faith) and more!

March 26th, DC area screening TBA

APRIL

Southern US Tour

April 7th, Harrisonburg, VA, Court Square Theater, FB EVENT

April 8th, Nashville, TN, Third Man Records - details soon!

April 9th, Shreveport, LA, Mini Cine - details soon

April 10th, New Orleans, LA TBA

April 11th, Eastern Texas date

April 12th, Austin, TX, TBA

April 13th - 19th, FL, GA, NC dates

Latin America dates

April 20th-May 1

MAY

European tour 16 + dates !

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Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement(in Washington D.C.)


When punk invaded our nation's capital in the mid-late 1970's, it was a culture clash – a collision between the music of anarchy and a city known for its conservatism. It was a recipe for potential disaster – but it resulted in a powerful cultural movement that flamed, ruled, and burned out all in the space of seven exciting years.

It was a mighty inter-generational convergence of powerful music, friendships, and clear minds. Punk the Capital covers the transformative period spanning from 1976 to 1983, situating D.C. punk within the larger narratives of punk and rock n' roll. With a recently unearthed trove of Super-8 film, the film explores why the sounds and ideas from this highly influential music scene continue to inspire around the world. Featuring bands such as Bad Brains and Minor Threat it creates a portrait of a movement that not only redefined a genre but that became a model for social and political engagement.

At the world premiere - Ian MacKaye, HR (Bad Brains), Alec MacKaye

AFI top pics by Nalinee Darmrong, bottom: Hirshorn Museum by Lex Everheart

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Punk the Capital is both a documentary film exploration of the birth of DC Punk (circa 1976 to 1983) 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.

CHECK OUT OUR HR (BAD BRAINS) BACKFLIP FLIP-BOOK!
  available through DISCHORD RECORDS


OUR T-SHIRTS and FLIPBOOKS are both available at
SMASH RECORDS in Washington D.C.
and via our ONLINE STORE


Follow us on InstagramFacebook or Twitter for updates and check out our YouTube Channel, and Vimeo channel

For those of you who have asked how they can still contribute to our D.C. punk archival work - beyond the film, we have created a PAYPAL account dedicated to donations, below. Thank you, every bit counts!