Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) at
The IFC Center in New York City 4/17-4/23
IFC Center NYC Press Screening 4/13 at 10:30AM
“…provides a solid, borderline exhaustive survey of the Washington, D.C., hardcore punk scene of the 1980s — possibly the nation’s most influential such milieu” – Variety
“The documentary is as much an historical document as it is an informative and entertaining overview on the rise of D.C. hardcore and its lasting influence.”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
“…jam-packed with glorious and grainy live footage, still photography, and incendiary music from a broad range of acts” – Chicago Reader
Filmmakers Scott Crawford and Jim Saah will be screening their critically acclaimed documentary Salad Days: A Decade of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-90) for a week at the IFC Center in New York City. Kicking off the residency with a sneak peek screening plus Q&A on April 16, the film will play from April 17 through April 23.
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. So far the film has sold out screenings in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, and more.Salad Days is slated to make more stops in various cities across the US so be sure to check out the screening dates below.
Watch the trailer below:
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)
4/8 at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC
4/10 at AS220 in Providence, RI
4/10 at Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ
4/10 at The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC, Canada
4/10 at The Fremont in Des Moines, IA
4/11 at Regal Winter Park in Maitland, FL
4/16 at The Local 662 in Saint Petersburg, FL
4/16 at IFC Center in New York, NY (preview screenings)
4/17-4/23 at IFC Center in New York, NY
4/17 at Gateway Film Center in Columbus, OH
4/17 at FilmBar in Phoenix, AZ
4/17 at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, KY
4/18 at BSP in Kingston, NY
4/18 at The Hollywood Theater Dormont in Pittsburgh, PA
4/18 at Clinton Street Theater in Portland, OR
4/18 at The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, CA
4/19 at Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers, NY
4/20 at Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH
4/23 at Bryant Lake Bowl and Theater in Minneapolis, MN
4/24 at The North Door in Austin, TX
4/24 at Studio C in Lansing, MI
4/25 at The Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, MI
4/29 at The EARL in Atlanta, GA
4/30 at Hallwalls Arts Center in Buffalo, NY
4/30 at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn, NY
5/3 at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, VA
5/7 at The Hideout in Omaha, NE
5/8 at UICA in Grand Rapids, MI
5/18 at Alamo Drafthouse Denver in Littleton, CO
5/21 at Memphis Brooks Museum in Memphis, TN
6/1 at Alamo Drafthouse in Kansas City, MO