BEYOND THE FILM:Punk the Capital

Punk the Capital puts its archives and know-how to work in various ways.

1) Film and Music Archival Work

We have collected archives including film, video, audio/music, flyers, zines, photos and ephemera. Of particular interest is the Super-8 footage gathered from over a dozen different sources.

D.C. bands captured on Super-8 (circa 1977-1983) preserved by Punk the Capital through digital scanning include: The Bad Brains, Untouchables, Faith, Teen Idles, Enzymes, Slickee Boys, Government Issue, Da Chumps, Black Market Baby, Tru-Fax, Half Japanese, Razz, Mick Low and the Contradictions, Holy Rollers, Kingface, Trenchmouth and more. PTC also has footage of non-D.C. bands performing in D.C. circa 1980 such as PIL, Dead Boys, The Mad, the Rolling Stones and many more. The footage also includes scenes of daily life, such as sequences filmed in downtown D.C., Georgetown and street life in the city circa 1980. Over 1.5 miles of Super-8 was scanned to digital files. Some of it was deteriorating and needed immediate attention. The footage has been used in a number of documentaries since Punk the Capital unearthed the material - including Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways and Don Letts' Punk Attitude.

Approximately 100 interviews were videotaped or collected for Punk the Capital, of people central or related to the D.C. Punk scene. These interviews document each of the individuals background and relation to D.C. Punk history. Most of the interviews are between 2 and 4 hours long.

2) Presentations, Events, Collaborative Archival Work

Employing material from its archives, Punk the Capital has worked with several universities and other institutions in organizing presentations of D.C. Punk, including walking tours.

Punk the Capital has also worked closely with the D.C. Public Library's Washingtoniana Division on founding the D.C. Punk Archive. This archive is part of Washingtoniana's larger effort to preserve and celebrate D.C.'s rich music culture (Go-Go, Jazz, Folk, Garage...). PTC has also collaborated with the University of Maryland's DC Punk Fanzine archive amongst other institutions.

3) D.C. Punk Activism Work

In the tradition of D.C. Punk non-profit work and frequent benefit events, arrangements have been made for 3 Washington D.C. non-profits to benefit from our work. Plans include benefit screenings and a percentage of DVD sales to be dedicated to these organizations. All 3 work in distinct domains:

Positive Force D.C. is an activist collective seeking radical social change, personal growth, and youth empowerment. They organize benefit and free concerts, art shows, film screenings, protests, and educational events while also doing direct work with people in need in Washington D.C..

Washington Peace Center is anti-racist, grassroots, multi-issue organization working for peace, justice, and non-violent social change in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area since 1963.

Hungry For Music (D.C. Branch) is a charity organization that supports music education and cultural enrichment by acquiring and distributing quality musical instruments to underserved children. Funding for music programs are frequently cut from the D.C. Public School budget.