Inside the Film

In addition to a new perspective on DC Punk history and rare, unseen footage of bands such as the Bad Brains, Slickee Boys, and Minor Threat, we have conducted approximately 100 interviews with members of the DC punk community including musicians, fanzine creators, photographers, unstoppable concert goers...) as well as many notable out of town folks who had strong ties with the early DC Punk / harDCore scene.

Below is a selection of sound clips with stills from the work in progress.

Play sound: Cynthia Connolly and POTUS?

image: C. Connolly, video stills of Ronald Reagan and his helicopter

Play sound: Ian Mackaye (bands - Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Fugazi - Dischord Records)

image: Ian Mackaye

Play sound: HR of the Bad Brains, at the Hard Art exhibit

image: Super-8 freeze frame, HR in Madams Organ, 1979

Playsound: Xyra Harper (WGTB radio dj, Editor of Capitol Crisis zine)

image: Xyra Harper, interviewing, circa 1979

Playsound: Ed "Grandpa" Jacobs (DC's punk concert-going record holder)

image: Ed Jacobs Super-8 freeze frame circa 1980 and his Bad Brains inspired tattoos

Play sound: Don Zientara

image: Don Zientara, Inner Ear Studios


WMUCsound: WMUC broadcast, 2013, with Barbara RIce, Steve Kiviat and callers Sharon Cheslow, Shirley Sexton, Mike Heath…

image: from footage of broadcast, thanks WMUC

Play sound: Eddie Janney (Rites of Spring, Faith, Untouchables...), radio broadcast with Ian Svenonius

image: Flex Your Head LP, Eddie Janney and Ian Svenonius

Play sound: Monica Richards (bands - Hate From Ignorance, Madhouse... )

image: Monica Richards and circa 1982 with friends

Play sound: Jello Biafra, Dead Kennedys, 2010

image: Jello Biafra, 2005, 1981

Play sound: Randy Austin (of Overkill, often credited as DC's first punk band)

image: Randy Austin circa 1976 and in 2012

Play sound: Onam (aka Joe Jacoby, bands - Red C, Beefeater)

image: Onam, Red C flyer

Play sound: Robert Goldstein (band - Urban Verbs)

image: Goldstein and R. Frantz of Urban Verbs, Hall Of Nations (Washington DC, 1979)

Play sound: Jeff Nelson (bands - Teen Idles, Minor Threat - Dischord Records)

image: Minor Threat / Slickee Boys show flyer (detail)

Play sound: John Stabb (band - Government Issue)

image: John Stabb, 2011, part of the GI section of the "Flex Your Head" record insert.

Play sound: Mike Fellows of Rites of Spring, Mighty Flashlight, many others

image: M. Fellows and co. during Rites of Spring's legendary WMUC session

Play sound: Alec MacKaye interviewed with Bad Brains' HR and Ian Mackaye at Civilian Art Projects, 2011

image: Same

Play sound: Mark Jickling of Half Japanese, interviewed alongside Jad and David Fair, and Rick Dreyfuss

image: Half Japanese, freeze frame, Halloween concert, 9:30 club, circa 1980

Play sound: Sharon Cheslow (Chalk Circle, co-author of Banned in DC)

image: Chalk Circle

Play sound: Boyd Farrell, Black Market Baby

image: Teen Idles flyer (detail)

Play sound: Slickee Boys’ Marshall Keith and Dan Palenski on Dan's "Salad Days" radio broadcast

image: Same

Play sound: Sab Grey (band - Iron Cross)

image: Sab Grey, 2011, 1984

Play sound: Kurt Sayenga creator of Greed magazine

image: "Greed" fanzine, zoom on Kurt Sayenga

Playsound: Ian MacKaye (Dischord Records, Minor Threat, Fugazi…) on Madams Organ with co-director Paul Bishow

image: Super-8 still, from footage of the last night at Madams Organ