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!!!
May 16th, Berlin, Germany, Zukunft Am Ostkreuz POSTPONED
Q and A special D.C. in addition to Jeff Nelson,
Bert Quieroz (Untouchables, Youth Brigade and DC punk photographer)
May 17th, Hamburg, Germany, 3001-kino POSTPONED
May 19th, Bremen, Germany, Lila Eule POSTPONED
May 20th, Copenhagen, Denmark, HUSETS BIO POSTPONED
May 21st, Stockholm, Sweden, Bio Rio POSTPONED
May 23rd, Helsinki, Finland, Teatteria WHS POSTPONED
May 25th, Talinn, Estonia - details soon POSTPONED
May 26th, Latvia - details soon POSTPONED
May 27th, Lithuania - details soon POSTPONED
May 28th, Warsaw, Poland - details soon POSTPONED
May 29th, Krakow, Poland - details soon POSTPONED
June 23rd, Boston, Massachusetts, Brattle Theatre
June 24th, Portland, Maine - The Apohadion Theater POSTPONED
June 26th, Montreal, Canada TBA
Aug 8, Black Forest, Germany - details soon
Bordeaux Rocks Film Festival - TBA
US dates - TBANOVEMBER
France - TBA
France - TBA
UK and Spain - TBA
Northern European dates TBA
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!