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premiere: new D.C. “Punk the Capital” doc has a trailer, and screening dates (watch!)

Punk the Capital poster

When punk rock erupted in Washington D.C. in the mid-1970s, it was a mighty inter-generational convergence of powerful music, friendships, and clear minds. Punk the Capital explores the transformative period between 1976-1983, situating D.C. punk and harDCore within the larger narratives of punk and rock n’ roll. Featuring bands such as Bad Brains and Minor Threat and figures such as Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, HR, and Cynthia Connolly, this long awaited documentary takes us to the heart of why both the sounds and ideas from this highly influential music scene continue inspire around the world.

The cynical among us may think we don’t need another documentary about Minor Threat and the Bad Brains, but Punk The Capital is here to prove that wrong, complete with a large amount of unseen Super-8 footage from the legendary artist’s co-op, Madams Organ, that was shot in 1979 and 1980 by Paul Bishow, who made this film along with fellow D.C. residents Sam Lavine and James June Schneider. “From the perspective of that family-sized row house, this film dives back into an array of D.C. area bands of the late 1970’s (Slickee Boys, White Boy…) and looks forward into the growth of DC’s hardcore punk scene of the early 1980’s (Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Faith…)”

Having recently premiered at the American Film Institute and the next night at Hirshhorn Museum, the long in the works new film is ready to hit the road, starting with a BrooklynVegan-presented screening at the Nitehawk Prospect Park in Brooklyn on 9/19 (tickets are on sale!). All currently known screening dates and the world premiere of the trailer, below….

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Check out some still photos from the film at the official site, and those screening dates below:

CONFIRMED 2019 SCREENING DATES:

September 19th
Nitehawk, Prospect Park, NY

September 24th
Rosendale Theater, NY

September 25th
Academy of Music, Northampton, MA

September 26th
The Firehouse, Worcester MA

September 27th
The Luna Theater, Lowell MA

September 28th
The Middle East, Boston MA

September 29
The Columbus Theater, Providence RI

October 3
The Byrd Theater, Richmond VA

October 5
TBA, Philadelphiia, PA

October 8
Union Project, Pittsburgh, PA

October 9
The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH

October 10th
Handmade Toledo, Toledo, OH

October 11th
Third Man Records, Detroit, MI

October 12th
Communication, Madison, WI

October 13th
TBA, Chicago, IL

October 14th
Record Bar, Kansas City, MO

October 15th
Film Scene, Iowa City, IA

October 16th
The Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

October 17th
Madelife, Boulder, CO (workshop)

October 19th
Artists Television Access, San Francisco, CA

October 20th
Land and Sea, Oakland, CA

October 21st
The Regent, Los Angeles, CA

October 22
TBA, San Diego, CA

October 23
The Screening Room, Tucson, AZ

October 24
The Alamo Cinema Drafthouse, El Paso / Montecillo, TX

October 26th
Filmbar, Phoenix, AZ

October 27th
The Tannex, Albuquerque, NM

October 28th
TBA, Austin TX

November 9, 10, 11
AFI Silver Theater, Silver Spring, MD

November 15-22
TBA UK dates

November 23
Occii, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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