We are thrilled to screen two amazing rock 'n roll documentaries in one double feature:
Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)
“Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)” 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. ""You never thought you'd make it for real but .. it happened. Which was amazing. It happened and then it all IMPLODED. But the fact that we've gone this far is more due to our being friends and liking music than trying to be fucking rock stars".- Dave Leto
Rye Coalition - The Story of the Hard Luck 5
When they signed with one of the world’s biggest record labels, New Jersey’s Rye Coalition was primed to finally get their glory, or so it seemed. Like countless rockers before them, childhood best friends started a band in a basement with a couple simple goals in mind: have fun and play good music. As one of the first bands to develop the new “emo” sound, they were at the forefront of a movement that included Shellac, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker and Karp (with whom they later recorded a legendary 12" split). Rye Coalition’s first recording was a demo cassette tape (1994's "Dancing Man", self-released), backed by an East Coast tour in a beat up schoolbus long before most of them had their driver's license. As their talent and fan base grew, they released albums on indie labels and toured the country for over ten years on bigger and bigger bills: (At-The-Drive-in, Mars Volta, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters). After gaining momentum from 2002′s “On Top” LP, engineered by Steve Albini, they were signed to Dreamworks Records and none other than Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) came on as their producer. Then, it all imploded. Supplemented with the band's own home movies, the filmmaker has continuously documented these singular rockers for over a decade, brazenly chronicling choice moments with Rye Coalition (and those who know them well) on tour, at home and in the studio. Although the band was praised by critics and supported by an absurdly dedicated grassroots fan base, somehow these Jersey rockers never got their due. Until now. Featuring: Steve Albini (Shellac), Dave Grohl (Nirvana), Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses), Jared Warren (Melvins). 2014; 77 minutes. Dir. Jenni Matz.