Punk the Capital

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When punk invaded our nation's capital in the mid-late 1970's, it was a culture clash -- a collision between the music of anarchy and a city known for its conservatism. It was a recipe for potential disaster -- but it resulted in a powerful cultural movement that flamed, ruled, and burned out all in the space of seven exciting years. It was a mighty inter-generational convergence of powerful music, friendships, uncompromising wills and clear minds. The sounds and people that emerged from those early years of punk/harDCore-punk continue to influence and inspire around the world. Created over the span of a decade by three Washington DC filmmakers, this documentary is an in-depth exploration of a seminal moment in DC music history (circa 1976 to 1984).

With a mix of recently discovered archive material, a conversational interview approach, and a collage editing style - Punk the Capital goes beyond the traditional music documentary genre, becoming at its core a dynamic portrait of the transformative power of punk in general and of DC punk in particular.