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

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!!!
MARCH

March 26th,  Greenbelt, MD, New Deal Cafe POSTPONED

APRIL

April 1st, Washington DC, Eaton Hotel - details soon POSTPONED

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

Southern US Tour all screenings in the presence of one or more co-directors! POSTPONED

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

April 10th, Dallas, TX - Texas Theatre - details soon POSTPONED

April 11th, Houston, TX - Superhappyfunland !  POSTPONED

April 12th, Austin, TX, Alamo Cinema Drafthouse / Ritz  POSTPONED
With post-screening discussion with Jad Fair (Half Japanese) and Tim Kerr.

April 13th, New Orleans, LA, Zeitgeist Cinema POSTPONED

April 14th, Miami, FL - O-Cinema POSTPONED

April 15th, Jacksonville, FL,Sun Ray Cinema POSTPONED

April 19th, Raleigh-Durham, NC, Kings  STAY TUNED
(matinee screening) with special guest Malcolm Riviera
(photographer, promoter, musician - Grand Mal, Velvet Monkees),
XXX Raffle off of circa 1980 fliyers and photos!

MAY

European dates with post-screening discussions with
Jeff Nelson (Minor Threat/Dischord records) and co-director(s)

May 3rd Utrecht, Holland - details soon

May 6th, Rotterdam, Holland, The Worm

May 7th, Amsterdam, Holland - Palace Cinema

May 8th, Antwerp, Belgium - Het Bos

May 9th (daytime) Tournai, Belgium - Cine Water


May 9th (evening) Brussels, Belgium - details soon

May 10th, Muenster, Germany, Cinema Muenster - 
FB event

May 11th, Bonn, Germany, Kult 41

May 12th, Frankfort, Germany, Exzess

May 13th, Vienna, Austria, Chelsea
With special performance by Scott McCloud ! (Soulside)

May 14th, Prague, Czech Republic, OkO Theatre

May 15th, Dresden, Germany . TBA 

May 16th, Berlin, Germany, Zukunft Am Ostkreuz
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

May 19th, Bremen, Germany, Lila Eule

May 20th, Copenhagen, Denmark, HUSETS BIO

May 21st, Stockholm, Sweden, Bio Rio

May 23rd, Helsinki, Finland, Teatteria WHS

May 25th, Talinn, Estonia - details soon

May 26th, Latvia - details soon

May 27th, Lithuania  - details soon

May 28th, Warsaw, Poland  - details soon

May 29th, Krakow, Poland - details soon

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JUNE

Midwest USA dates TBA


Latin American dates TBA

June 23rd, Boston, Massachusetts, Brattle Theatre

June 24th, Portland, Maine The Apohadion Theater


AUGUST 

Aug 8, Black Forest, Germany - details soon

SEPTEMBER

More West Coast and NW USA dates TBA

NOVEMBER 

France and more EU dates TBA

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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!