New Documentary Punk the Capital Traces Historical past of Iconic Washington D.C. Hardcore Scene


A brand new documentary tracing the historical past of the enduring Washington D.C. hardcore-punk scene is ready for launch. Punk the Capital: Constructing a Sound Motion will open in choose theaters and by way of digital cinema on Could 14th, after which arrive on BluRay/DVD on File Retailer Day (June eighth).

The 88-minute documentary options a few of the greatest names from the D.C. scene circa 1976-1983 comparable to Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Void, Rites of Spring, and extra. Among the many punk luminaries interviewed are H.R. (Unhealthy Brains), Ian MacKaye (Minor Risk, Fugazi), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Jello Biafra (Useless Kennedys), and others.

Punk the Capital is billed as the primary movie to inform the story of D.C.’s influential punk and DIY motion. Few cities had a extra vibrant scene throughout such a pivotal period for punk rock. Bolstered by the distribution of MacKaye’s Dischord Information and a staunchly inclusive philosophy (i.e. all ages reveals, $5 tickets no-questions-asked), D.C. set the template for DIY tradition.

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Similar to a Fugazi tour, filmmakers James June Schneider, Paul Bishow, and Sam Lavine needed to get Punk the Capital in entrance of as many in-person viewers as potential. They tirelessly arrange screenings with particular visitors — Rollins, MacKaye, Cynthia Connolly, and HR of Unhealthy Brains have all appeared no less than as soon as — in an try to succeed in 100 consecutive occasions (they bought to 50 earlier than the pandemic).

“We had been touring the movie like a band would till the pandemic hit,” Schneider stated in a press launch. “Now as issues open again up, we’re glad to kick off the theatrical launch for a wide range of causes.”

“Earlier than we launch the movie on DVD/Blu-ray we needed to undertake an enormous push with a theatrical launch, half digital, half in individual, that I hope will do its half in getting a few of these struggling indie cinemas some much-needed assist,” he continued. “And we are also trying ahead to sharing the movie in these instances because it’s an optimistic movie primarily about constructing one thing new and constructive regardless of the percentages.”

The movie’s unique reduce was over 7 hours lengthy (!), so the filmmakers edited the surplus materials into mini-episodes for the Blu-Ray and DVD releases. One episode will characteristic the band Scream, notable for being drummer Dave Grohl’s pre-Nirvana band.

For an inventory of theaters and extra data, go to the film’s website. Watch the trailer beneath.