The Legend of Cool "Disco" Dan

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The Legend of Cool "Disco" Dan


Monday Feb 10 07:30 PM
Saturday Feb 15 01:00 PM
Saturday Feb 15 04:00 PM
Saturday Feb 15 07:30 PM
Sunday Feb 16 04:00 PM
Sunday Feb 16 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Narrated by former Black Flag front man and D.C. native Henry Rollins, this high-energy documentary explores Washington, D.C.’s fervent 1980s cultural and political scenes through the eyes of graffiti legend Cool “Disco” Dan. Blending exclusive interviews with local and national celebrities, rare archival footage and insightful commentary, graffiti historian Roger Gastman and filmmaker Joseph Pattisall offer the most comprehensive portrait to date on this critical decade in urban culture. From the development of Go-Go, D.C.’s distinctive style of urban music, to racial tensions, crews, sensationalist media, crack, and graffiti, The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan tells the unknown stories of the “other” Washington, D.C., and the artists and musicians who lived and shaped it.

View the trailer.

Feb 10 at 7:30pm: FREE sneak peek screening in conjunction with POW! WOW! Hawaii and the Honolulu African American Film Festival (register online).

Special guest: Graffiti historian Roger Gastman will introduce screenings on Feb 10 + 15 at 7:30pm.

Roger Gastman began writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda, Maryland. Since then, he has founded and published the pop culture magazines While You Were Sleeping and Swindle, with Shepard Fairey, and authored a dozen graffiti art books including The History of American Graffiti (with Caleb Neelon; Harper Collins, 2011). In 2011, he curated, with Jeffrey Deitch and Aaron Rose, the exhibition Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Gastman’s film production credits include Banksy’s Exit through the Gift Shop, and the graffiti documentary Wall Writers, and he is currently directing a documentary for Sanrio/Hello Kitty on the history of the brand and its fans. Read more at

Special thanks to Roger Gastman, Creative Director & Founder of R Rock Enterprises, and Gina Caruso, Managing Director of Creative Alliance, for making these screenings possible.

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