PUNK THE CAPITAL; BUILDING A SOUND MOVEMENT
[in Washington D.C.] 1976-1983
a documentary film and archival project
"…love letter to the city’s punk scene."
"The best feature film on the subject..."
"...a moving and affectionate corrective to punk’s traditionally bleak self-accounting."
The Culture Vulture (UK)
PUNK THE CAPITAL ON TOUR!!!
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 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 11th, Brooklyn, NY, Nitehawk Cinema, with special guest Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion), Michael Hampton (SOA, Faith) and more!
March 26th, DC area screening TBA
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
European tour 16 + dates !
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
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
SMASH RECORDS in Washington D.C.
and via our ONLINE STORE
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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!