Trailer contains profanity and adult language.


Otto Buj’s lively and unfiltered account of Detroit’s early hardcore punk scene offers a candid tribute to an under-examined corner of the city’s storied musical legacy, when a determined throng of bored suburban teens and skater kids converged in the early 1980s in the Cass Corridor — by then already long-ravaged by drugs, crime and poverty — for a now-mythical residency at the ramshackle Freezer Theatre. “Dope, Hookers and Pavement” features never-before-seen footage from Freezer shows and more than 70 interviews with musicians, former scene kids and major figures in hardcore punk for a hilarious, reflective and overdue record of a nearly invisible but magic little moment in the long history of Detroit rock ‘n’ roll.World premiere.

We’ll host a live Q&A about “Dope, Hookers and Pavement” at 7 p.m. Fri./Dec. 4 that will include the film’s director, Otto Buj. The conversation will be led by author-journalist Rob St. Mary, the curator of the Detroit Punk Archive website.

The live event will be hosted on the Freep Film Festival Youtube channel and Detroit Free Press Facebook page. Access the conversation here.

After the conversation happens, it will be archived at the Freep Film Festival Youtube page and as a direct link with any purchase of a screening of the film. 


Run time: 1 hour, 53 minutes
Director: Otto Buj
Editor: Otto Buj
Cinematographers: Otto Buj, Jarrod Ferris
Producer: Otto Buj