‘Punk the Capitol’, a new documentary chronicling the rise of punk rock in Washington DC between 1976 and 1983, is set to premier in theaters and virtual cinema on May 14th. The film features the music of Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Void, Rites of Spring and more. Of course, there are the obligatory interviews with DC luminaries Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye and HR. Household punk names like Jello Biafra and Joe Keithley also chime in.

The thing that separates “Punk the Capitol’ from previous docs about the DC scene is that it puts the punk movement into the greater rock and roll context. You won’t need to be a diehard punk fan to enjoy it. Check out the trailer below.

Get more info, and order tickets here for the virtual event or one of the screenings scheduled so far:

5/13 – OPENING NIGHT – Cinelounge Drive-In Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA

  • Pete Stahl (Scream) Q&A co-presented with curator/publisher Roger Gastman
  • Short film about Scream and their connection with the 1960’s garage band The Hangmen created by Punk the Capital will play ahead of the screening

5/14 – Cinelounge Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA

  • Hudley Flipside (of Flipside fanzine fame) presentation and Q&A

5/14 – New Plaza Screening Series (former Lincoln Plaza Cinema) – New York, NY
5/14 – Acme Theater – Lambertville, PA
5/14 – Texas Theater – Dallas, TX
5/14 – Brattle Theater – Cambridge, MA
5/14 – International Film Series – Boulder, CO
5/14 – Hollywood Theater – Portland, OR
5/14 – The Guild Cinema – Albuquerque, NM
5/14 – Countryfest Community Cinema – Dauphin, MB
5/14 – Screenland Armour Theater – Kansas City, MO
5/14 – 6/25 – Rosendale Theater – Rosendale, NY
5/14 – 6/25 – The Colonial Performing Arts Center – Keene, NH
5/14 – Amherst Cinema – Amherst, MA
5/14 – Metro Cinema – Edmonton, AB
5/23 – The Roxie Cinema – San Francisco, CA

  • Q&A with Chris Stover (Void), Nicky Thomas (Fire Party), Lydia Ely (early DC scene)

5/14 – Screenland Armour Theater – Kansas City, MO
5/14 – Gateway – Columbus, OH
5/14 – The Music Box – Chicago, IL
5/14 – Suns Cinema – Washington, DC
5/14 – Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema – Tahoe City, CA
5/14 – Scarecrow Video Virtual Screenings – Seattle, WA
5/14 – Time & Space Museum – Hudson, NY
5/14 – Sunray Cinema – Jacksonville, FL
5/14 – Zeitgeist Theater – New Orleans, LA
5/14 – The Miracle Theatre – Washington, DC
5/21 – Parkway Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
5/14 – 6/3 – Olympia Film Society at The Capitol Theater – Olympia, WA
5/14 – Cinemapolis – Ithaca, NY
5/14 – The Nightlight Cinema – Akron, OH
TBD – Bel Aire Drive-In – Brooklyn, NY
TBD – Winnipeg Cinematheque – Winnipeg, MB 
+ MORE TBA

‘Punk the Capitol’ was created by James June Schneider (co-director/editor), Paul Bishow (co-director) and Sam Lavine (associate producer/co-editor). They were touring the film like a band before the pandemic hit, and every live screening promises to be an event. DVD and Blu-Ray versions will arrive on Record Store Day June 8th via Passion River.

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