Kickstarter launched for “Punk the Capital” documentary (feat. Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra and more)

Filmmakers and punk scene vets James Schneider and Paul Bishow have spent years working on the penultimate chronicling of the DC punk and harDCore scenes that they’ve long been a part of. The pair have spent countless hours pouring through vintage concert performances and conducting interviews with the likes of Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Tesco Vee, Jeff Nelson and a bunch more.

From the film’s website:

Focusing on the period between 1976 and 1985, this documentary explores how D.C. Punk gained momentum and an affirmative, creative and constructive community emerged. At the core of the film is an artist’s co-op called Madams Organ. It was a space of possibility, like punk itself, where the foundations of a remarkable scene took form. The Organ was a place where generations and musical genres mixed. It became the launching pad for the D.C. harDCore movement.

Schneider and Bishow and company have launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to crowd-source funding for the last step in the process: putting together and preserving the final process. Click here to check it out. Some pretty cool perks involved: DVDs, prints, posters, bricks from the now-demolished Ontario Theater.

Head below to check out the filmmakers’ 2006 interview with the legendary Ian Mackaye.


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