MUSIC 2021

New Doc Looks at the Birth of D.C. Hardcore In the Late ’70s

"It’s an optimistic film essentially about building something new and constructive despite the odds.”

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Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement, explores the birth of punk rock in Washington D.C. between 1976 and 1983. Created by James June Schneider (co-director, editor), Paul Bishow (co-director), and Sam Lavine (associate producer, co-editor), the documentary’s been making the rounds of the festival circuit.

The DVD and Blu-ray of the film, which features Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Void, Rites of Spring, and more, plus interviews from Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, H.R., Jello Biafra, Joe Keithley, and many others, will be available for Record Store Day in June.

“We were touring the film like a band would until the pandemic hit,” said Schneider in a statement. “Now as things open back up, we’re glad to kick off the theatrical release for a variety of reasons. Some of the cinemas where Punk the Capital will be showing, I screened my films back in 1997 when filmmaker Martha Colburn and I hit the road together. I’ve been thinking about them as we piece this together. Before we release the film on DVD/Blu-ray we wanted to undertake a big push with a theatrical release, part virtual, part in person, that I hope will do its part in getting some of these struggling indie cinemas some much-needed support. And we also are looking forward to sharing the film in these times since it’s an optimistic film essentially about building something new and constructive despite the odds.”    ❖

 Details at punkthecapital.info.

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