Punk the Capital @ Black Cat Washington DC June 10th 2014

As I briefly mentioned in my last post there has been a lot of nostalgia surrounding the 80’s D.C. hardcore scene lately. There are several movies currently on the cutting room floor racing to get to the box office. I know of at least three documentaries that are in the works. One of which is Punk the Capitol. Described as “A documentary exploring how Punk took hold in Washington D.C., from 1976 through the harDCore explosion of the early 1980s.” Filmmakers James Schneider and Paul Bishow launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to produce the film and release it to the public. In addition to their crowd funding there was a fundraiser at the Black Cat where they were going to show unseen, uncut footage that was shot on a Super-8 and conduct a Q&A session following the viewing. Since I had contributed to the campaign, I thought I’d attend this session and learn more about what James and Paul are working on.

Bad Brains @ Madams Organ 1979 from the uncut reels of Punk the Capitol.

Bad Brains @ Madams Organ 1979 from the uncut reels of Punk the Capitol.

There were three, fifteen minute to a half hour long play backs of this footage that had been unearthed. Q&A sessions with the directors in between viewings. Also, they were going to give signed video stills of the footage to the Kickstarter backers. Even though, most of the film was raw grainy. I still enjoyed seeing this rare footage of Adams Morgan (the rowhouse that inspired the bar’s name) and various interviews and performance clips. Just being a part of this event was meaningful to me. The third video was the one I remember the most. Which was a video of Bad Brains first paid gig in New York. It was nice to see, but as I mentioned above the footage in the raw with the audio not exactly sync’d.

If anything it was fun to be a part of this event, support this documentary, and see some aging DC punk rockers.

DC Punk Archive

DC Punk Archive

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