WORT & MadCity Music Presents:
SALAD DAYS: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)
Monday, March 30th 2015
$8 adv / $10 dos
New Nationwide Screenings of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-90)
"The documentary is as much an historical document as it is an informative and entertaining overview on the rise of D.C. hardcore and its lasting influence." - Billboard
"...looks to be making a late bid to be the year's best music doc." - The Guardian
Named one of TimeOut New York's "10 Nonfiction Knockouts to see at DOC NYC"
Named one of NME's "12 Music Documentaries to Get Excited for in 2015"
"The film offers a series of middle-agers looking back, some wistful, plenty still scrappy, mostly asserting they were happy just to keep blowing it all up on stage every night, even if only a few dozen people ever saw it." - PopMatters
We are thrilled to announce that filmmakers Scott Crawford and Jim Saah will be screening their critically acclaimed documentary Salad Days: A Decade of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-90) across the country this spring.
Over four years in the making, Salad Days wrapped production last year and is now appearing in cinemas across the country as part of its limited release. The documentary is slated to make stops in various cities so be sure to check out the screening dates below. You can also watch and share the trailer here.
Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) is a documentary film that examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation's Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows--without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry's subsequent implosion). Thirty years later, DC's original DIY punk spirit serves as a reminder of the hopefulness of youth, the power of community and the strength of conviction.
Director/writer Scott Crawford is a music journalist,
musician and graphic designer. As a teenager in the DC suburbs, he started a fanzine called Metrozine that documented much of what was happening in the DC hardcore punk scene in the 1980s. "The DC punk music scene that I grew up with in the 1980s has always been a big part of who I am," says Scott. "I interviewed a lot of these bands for the first time over 30 years ago while doing a fanzine. Approaching them all again decades later offered a type of perspective and reflection that I wanted to capture in a film."
Scott Crawford was also quoted in both Dance of Days and Banned in DC--the two most definitive books on the early DC punk scene. In 2001, he launched Harp Magazine and served as its Editor-in-Chief for over seven years. Crawford also launched the online music portal Blurt in 2009.
Serving as Director of Photography, Jim Saah is a native of Washington, DC who has worked professionally in photography and video for over 25 years. He has shot for a variety of publications and websites ranging from the Washington Post to Rolling Stone. He's also an experienced videographer whose credits range from union organizing films to music documentaries. Recent films he has worked on include movies about the bands Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, and Eddie Vedder.
* "Salad Days" reached its Kickstarter goal in 6 days.
* Features never-before-seen photographs and performance footage of dozens of DC punk bands.
* Includes interviews with Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, John Stabb, Thurston Moore, Dave Grohl, and others
* Original score by guitarist Michael Hampton (SOA, Faith, Embrace, One Last Wish)