From the Events Calendar – The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN – Last U Street Movie showing of 2013 series

The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN – Last U Street Movie showing of 2013 series:

September 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Harrison Recreation Center
V Street, NW (between 13 & 14th)

The last movie of the U Street Movie Series will be The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN, a feature documentary narrated by D.C. native Henry Rollins that tells the story of Washington, D.C. in the 1980s through the eyes of D.C. graffiti legend, COOL “DISCO”DAN. Blending exclusive interviews with dozens of local and national celebrities along with archival footage, Washington natives offer the most comprehensive portrait to date on this critical decade. The development of Go-Go, D.C.’s distinctive style of urban music, racial tensions, crews, sensationalist media, crack, and graffiti are important pieces of this story. Graffiti historian Roger Gastman and filmmaker Joseph Pattisall spent over ten years researching and documenting the unknown stories of COOL “DISCO” DAN’s D.C. for the project.

We will have DJ Harry Hotter (spinning 80s gogo, funk bombs and roto-toms!)”

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4 Comment

  • I’ve walked by the U Street moving showings a few times this summer and attendance was horrible. Pick something that people actually want to watch.

    • Given that this movie sold out something like a dozen showings in the large theater at AFI earlier this year, I’d say it’s something that people are interested in seeing.

  • It’s not only a frequently played film, but a weak one. It’s loaded with chronological filler that has nothing to do with Disco Dan, who was as elusive to the filmmakers as he’s been in life. DC recently has been trying to claim a recent culture heritage (a piece of Punk, go-go, esp, post Chuck Brown) but the result tends to show how thin the local culture was on the ground and how few people who currently live here really have a connection to it.

  • I saw this when it first opened and I liked it a lot. Yes, there is a lot of “chronological filler,” or as I like to call it, the unique historical backdrop of DC. I’ve been here for about 10 years now and the film gave me a much better appreciation of what DC was like in the 80s and 90s. Just because I didn’t live here through those times doesn’t mean that history is irrelevant. I truly think that if more newcomers took the time to learn about this city’s history and appreciate what came before them, perhaps the tensions between new and old wouldn’t be so great.

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