PUNK THE CAPITAL; BUILDING A SOUND MOVEMENT
[in Washington D.C.] 1976-1983
a documentary film and archival project
December 19th, Paris, French Premiere! Chez agnès b.
December 20th, Rennes, France, La Bête Humaine
December 29th, Washington DC, Black Cat
Special bonus shorts from the PTC archives "Revolution Summer" and more.
January 3rd, Frederick Maryland, Area 31 - Q and A with Martha Hull (Slickee Boys)!
February 28th, Philadelphia PA, Lightbox Film Center
February 29th, Charlottesville, VA, Alamo Drafthouse
Southern US dates TBA
Latin America dates TBA
European dates TBA
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.
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