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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!!!

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 
Q and A with Cynthia Connolly - photographer, curator, co-author Banned in DC.

MARCH

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

March 14th, Pittsburgh, PA, Harris Theater 
Presented by co-director Paul Bishow (to be confirmed)

March 15th, Pittsburgh, PA, Harris Theater
Presented by co-director Paul Bishow (confirmed)

March 20th, Washington, DC, The Hut - Anacostia


March 26th, Greenbelt, MD, New Deal Cafe - details soon

APRIL

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

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

April 8th, Nashville, TN, TBA

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

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

April 11th, Houston, TX - Superhappyfunland !

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

April 13th, New Orleans, LA, Zeitgeist Cinema

April 14th, Miami, FL - O-Cinema

April 15th, Jacksonville, FL,Sun Ray Cinema

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

April 20th - LATIN AMERICA DATES - details soon

MAY

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

May 6th, Rotterdam, Holland, The Worm

May 7th, Holland - details soon

May 8th, Holland or Belgium - details soon

May 9th, Belgium 
- details soon

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

May 11th, Bonn, Kult 41 - details soon

May 12th, Frankfort, Germany, Exzess  - details soon

May 13th, Vienna, Austria, Chelsea, with special additional DC guest 

May 14th, Prague, Czecholsovakia, Prague-OKO Theatre - details soon

May 15th, Dresden, Germany - details soon

May 16th, Berlin, Germany, Zukunft Am Ostkreuz - details soon
Q and A special D.C. guest TBA

May 17th, Hamburg, Germany, 3001-kino - details soon

May 19th, Bremen, Germany, Lila Eule - details soon

May 20th, Copenhagen, Denmark, HUSETS BIO

May 21st, Stockholm, Sweden, Bio Rio

May 23rd, Helsinki, Finland, Teatteria WHS U:NI:ON

- more dates TBA

JUNE

Midwest USA dates


Latin American dates

SEPTEMBER

USA Dates TBA

NOVEMBER 

France & EU 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!