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When punk rock exploded in Washington, DC, in the late 1970s, it was a mighty, intergenerational convergence of powerful music, close friendships and clear minds. Featuring breathtaking Super-8 footage filmed at some of the earliest punk shows in DC, PUNK THE CAPITAL takes us through that transformative period (1976–1983), situating DC punk and DC harDCore within the larger narratives of the music industry at that time. The film boasts electrifying performances by legendary bands like Bad Brains and Minor Threat, and others integral to the era like The Slickee Boys and Black Market Baby. An array of interviewees like H.R. and Daryl Jenifer of Bad Brains, Ian and Alec MacKaye, Henry Rollins and Cynthia Connolly of Dischord Records, among others, make for a kaleidoscopic and lyrical documentary that immerses the audience in the sounds and ideas of this celebrated music scene. Against the odds (or perhaps, understandably), punk rock took hold in Washington, DC, and grew into a movement that became a model for DIY culture around the world. Official Selection, 2019 Leeds, Sound Unseen and Sound Scene film festivals; 2020 Dok Station Film Festival.

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    88 minutes
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    United States
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    Paul Bishow, James June Schneider, Sam Lavine
  • Screenwriter
    Paul Bishow, James June Schneider, Sam Lavine
  • Producer
    Paul Bishow, James June Schneider, Sam Lavine
  • Cast
    Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Ian MacKaye, HR (Bad Brains), Cynthia Connolly, Joe Keithley, Howard Wuelfing, Don Zientara, Minor Threat, Slickee Boys, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Half Japanese, Black Market Baby, Tru Fax, SOA, The Enzymes, The Insaniacs