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Straight Edge Videos

Subcultures are often a source of bemusement to the media. Rarely are they represented fairly.  Straight Edge is no exception. Here you will find a collection of homemade documentaries, Network TV specials, and local news reports about straight edge.  If you know of a video we should add, please, contact us. 


Krishna Consciousness, and more with Finn Mckenty, The Punk Rock MBA

Straight Edge Documentary (2009)

Straight Edge Documentary (2009)

My Values: Straight Edge, a Documentary (2010)

A high school student film about straight edge

Drug Free: The Straight-edge Way (2009)

A documentary on Straight-edge culture I [Timothy Donovan] did for my Documentary Filmmaking class at New England Institute of Technology in the Spring of 2009.

STRAIGHTEDGE – Behind the “X” (2013)

A short documentary about Straight Edge by Jordi Penner shoot in northern California, 2013. Musicians from several bands including “Punch”, “Permanent Ruin” and “No Babies” are interviewed. OFFICIAL SELECTION: Tampa Bay Humanitarian Film Festival 2019

Straight Edge: Walking The Line- 2018

Straight Edge: Walking the Line is a documentary about the Straight Edge movement which began in Washington DC in the 1980’s. Straight Edge is a lifetime commitment, never to drink, smoke or do drugs.

FOX11 News coverage on Straight Edge (late 90’s early 2000’s)

FOX11 News Los Angles coverage on the Straight Edge scene. Not sure when this broadcasted. Sometime in the late 90’s / early 2000’s.

How straight edge put punk in a new context- Newsy 2019

No drinking, drugs or promiscuous sex. An iconoclastic approach to punk rock still resonates with fans.

There Will Be Quiet- The Story Of Judge (2015)

t of Noisey’s four-part series There Will Be Quiet: The Story of Judge, Noisey talks with mythical NYHC vocalist Mike Ferraro, better known as Mike Judge. Ferraro recounts his early days and unforgiving upbringing, his road toward straight-edge, and how an introverted kid found his way to punk rock.

What is “Straight Edge?” 2009

Rikki Ratliff explores the “straight edge” movement and the trending towards a “tamer” generation. Visit listenuptv.com for more information!

Going Against the Norm—Straight Edge (2014)

It has become a social norm for young adults to engage in typical college activities on the weekends such as smoking weed and drinking. A small percentage decide to rebel against that scene and forge a different path by being straight edge. Straight edgers choose not to smoke, drink or do drugs.

Unfinished Documentary on Straight Edge and Hardcore from 2010

The following is a documentary I filmed in Raleigh NC at the famous Brewery. They chatted with bands about what they thought about hardcore music and straight edge. Publishing over 10 years from the even it is a pretty good time capsule of what hard core music in NC looked like in that era.

sXe – A short documentary about Salt Lake City Straight Edge (1999)

A documentary short by Alex Beckstead. “sXe” screened at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. 1998 Utah Short Film and Video Festival. This 18 minute short portrays a brief insight to the vegan straight edge scene in SLC in the late 90’s and the chaos that surrounded it

ABC News 20/20 Straight Edge 1996

ABC News 20/20 Straight Edge 1996
“You can be cool and not do drugs too, ya know?”

MTV Smashed- Segment on Straight Edge

More 90’s straight edge coverage- If anyone has the full video- please send it!

Straight edge & Hardcore culture in Finland

A Film by Elias Kaus & Christian Pirskanen “X” is a short film of Hardcore culture and straight edge lifestyle. Film main character Tommi Hämäläinen share he’s own experiences and stories of being part of the hardcore movement in Finland.

Rolanda – episode on Straight Edge & The Courage Crew

Total train wreck on daytime TV circa 1997

How To Be Straight Edge

So you’ve heard about Straight Edge, and you think it might be right for you. You think you know what’s involved with being Straight Edge – just “don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t do drugs”, right?

Karl Buecnher And Geraldo’s Great Straightedge Debate

Karl Beuchner of Earth Crisis debates Geraldo.

Inside Straight Edge (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)

The film documents the 90s straight edge scene, showing different sides of the controversial movement. The film was narrated by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore

Being Straight Edge in the DJ & Night Life

Being Straight Edge in the DJ & Night Life