World Premiere of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-90) at This Year’s
DOC NYC Festival on November 14th
“Salad Days…looks to be making a late bid to be the year’s best music doc.”
– The Guardian UK
Filmmakers Scott Crawford and Jim Saah are proud to announce the world premiere of “Salad Days: A Decade of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-90)” at this year’s DOC NYC Festival on November 14th at 9:30pm at the SWA Theater. Both Crawford and Saah will be in attendance and will participate in a Q&A following the long-awaited film’s premiere. In addition to the world premiere, there will be an exclusive DOC NYC press screening on Monday, November 3rd.
“The DC punk music scene that I grew up with in the 1980s has always been a big part of who I am,” says director Scott Crawford. “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.”
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“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/Producer 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. He was 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/Creative Director for over 7 years. Crawford also launched the online music portal Blurt (blurt-online.com) in 2009.
Serving as Director of Photography, Jim Saah (jimsaah.com) 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)
• Post-premiere party at DC’s Black Cat on Dec 20, 2014 features a reunited DC punk legends Soulside and Moss Icon.
• The upcoming Washington, DC premiere at AFI Theater on Dec 19, 2014 sold out in 2 hours.