The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

PUNK THE CAPITAL – Screenings + Q&A’s

Relive the early days of punk with Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement, a dynamic portrait of the DC punk scene and philosophy.

A documentary tracing the birth of punk rock in Washington D.C. (1976-1983). Featuring Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Void, Rites of Spring, and more, with interviews from Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, H.R., Jello Biafra, Joe Keithley, and many others.

When punk rock erupted in Washington DC, it was a mighty convergence of powerful music, friendships, and clear minds. This film is the first to explore the incredible challenges that this subculture faced when it took root in the Nation’s Capital in the late 1970’s.
Punk the Capital situates DC punk within the larger narratives of rock n’ roll, working as a powerful multi-layered story for both fans and non-fans of punk rock. Featuring musicians such as Bad Brains, Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, and Jello Biafra, this film dives deep into the ideas and sounds from this transformative music scene which continues to be influential culturally and politically around the world.


Punk The Capital Q&A Schedule

Friday, May 14th – 8:30pm⁠
Q&A with Punk the Capital co-director James June Schneider. A new short film about the legendary DC band Scream and their links to DC’s garage band scene of the ’60s will play before the feature.⁠

Saturday, May 15th – 6pm⁠
Q&A moderated by Ryan Donahue (formerly Big Wheel Magazine, Smeared in Ink) with Punk the Capital co-director James June Schneider⁠

Sunday, May 16th – 6pm⁠
Q&A with Franz Stahl and Pete Stahl of the legendary DC band Scream. A new short film about Scream and their links to DC’s garage band scene of the ’60s will play before the feature.

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