First show: May 23

A documentary tracing the birth of punk-rock in Washington D.C.(1976-1983)

Co-Presented by KXSF: SF Community Radio

“…love letter to the city’s punk scene.”
The Washington Post (USA)

“The best feature film on the subject…”
Libération (France)

“…a moving and affectionate corrective to punk’s traditionally bleak self-accounting.”
The Culture Vulture (UK)

multiple images of musicians from the '70's & 80's D.C. in PUNK THE CAPITAL

The screening on May 23 will be followed by a Q&A with Chris Stover (Void), Nicky Thomas (Fire Party) and Lydia Ely (early DC scene), moderated by KXSF DJ extraordinaire, Carolyn Keddy! 

Both in-theater screenings on May 23 and May 30 are SOLD OUT! Show added on May 28!

When punk rock exploded in D.C. in the late 1970s, it was a mighty convergence of powerful music, inter-generational friendships, and clear minds. Punk the Capital captures that transformative period, situating DC punk and DC harDCore within the larger narratives of rock ‘n’ roll. Featuring recently unearthed Super-8 film of bands like Bad Brains and Minor Threat and interviews with legends like Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye, PUNK THE CAPITAL explores why the sounds and ideas from this influential music scene continue to inspire around the world. Also featured are Jello Biafra, Slickee Boys, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Half Japanese, Black Market Baby, Tru Fax, SOA, The Enzymes, The Insaniacs, and many more!

A film by James June Schneider, Paul Bishow and Sam Lavine. 90 min. 2019. USA.


PUNK THE CAPITAL will also play in our virtual cinema starting May 14. 




NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime.

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PUNK THE CAPITAL: Upcoming Showtimes
May 236:00 PMBig Roxie
May 284:30 PMBig Roxie
May 296:45 PMBig Roxie