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Project of the Day: ‘The Capitol of Nowhere’ Gives Concert-Goers an Unlikely Venue

Project of the Day: 'The Capitol of Nowhere' Gives Concert-Goers an Unlikely Venue

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The Capitol of Nowhere

Tweetable Logline: How a group of teenagers and the world’s most unlikely rock club brought more than just bands to a town looking for hope.

Elevator Pitch: A group of teenage friends turn an abandoned Elks Lodge into a DIY music venue in their dying, depressed coal town of Shamokin, PA, 45 minutes from the nearest anything–movies, mall, university…even interstate. Somehow, they managed to book nationally/internationally touring bands–many off the pop-punk genre-defining label Drive-Thru Records–to their very-out-of-the-way venue. In the process, they created a sanctuary not just for those disenfranchised by their football-crazed area, but anyone searching for more than their town could ever offer; creating countless memories, giving inspiration and hope to their peers, and proving that dreams need not be contingent on circumstance.

Production Team: 
John Vanaskie Ward – Director / Writer / Producer / Cinematographer / Story Editor 
James Burnett – Producer
David Ward – Producer 

About the film: The thing about Shamokin, my hometown, is the story of its decline isn’t an uncommon one. There are communities like Shamokin all over the country. What is uncommon is a spot like The Capitol. Places like that simply don’t exist in towns like Shamokin. It was while thinking about the shows I attended and the massive feat my peers pulled off in it that I decided this was a story I had to tell. I wanted to bring to light the chord they’d struck, what The Capitol had meant to its audience…and, it turns out, what it ultimately still means.

Current Status: Fundraising; final interviews with bands/people I’ve finally gotten ahold of; post-production

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