Woodstock documentary opening in theaters, coming to PBS
The original Woodstock festival already gave us one of the most famous rock documentaries of all time, but there’s a new film that looks at “three days of peace and music” from a different angle. Directed by Barak Goodman, Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation just premiered as part of the Tribeca Film Festival and here’s their synopsis:
Structured faithfully around audio testimony from attendees, Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation focuses not just on how it all came to be, despite enormous challenges, but how it felt for it to happen: an endless traffic backup was elevated to a communal experience, and a food shortage became a collaboration rather than a disaster. The incredible performances spotlighted in the film, from Jimi Hendrix to Joan Baez to Crosby, Stills, and Nash—form the backdrop to what is fundamentally the audience’s story. Woodstock takes us all back to a time and a place now captured in a time capsule, but also reminds us of the immediacy that love, music and shared experience can elicit.
You’ve still got one more chance to see the documentary at Tribeca Film Fest: it screens Saturday, May 4 at the Regal Cinemas Battery Park at 2:30 PM.
You can also catch the film in theaters around the country in May and June, including another NYC screening at the Quad Cinema on May 24. It’ll also screen in Woodstock, NY on May 31 at Upstate Films and then there’s a screening on the actual grounds of the festival, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on July 25. The full list of screening dates, plus the film’s trailer, are below.
If you miss it in theaters, Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation will air on PBS on Tuesday, August 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET. It’s part of the American Experience series that focuses on the events of 1969, from the moon landing to the Vietnam War.
Meanwhile, Woodstock 50, the festival that was supposed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original festival, is looking less and less like it’s actually going to happen. Though it could still make a good documentary.
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WOODSTOCK: THREE DAYS THAT DEFINED A GENERATION – 2019 SCREENING DATES
28-Apr-4 May | New York, NY | Tribeca Film Festival
Q&A with filmmakers and special guests following screenings
May 3 | San Rafael, CA | Doclands
In attendance: film subjects Wavy Gravy and Jahanara Romney
24-May | New York, NY | Quad Cinema
31-May | Woodstock, NY | Upstate Films
31-May | San Francisco | Opera Plaza Cinema
31-May | Berkeley | Shattuck Cinemas
31-May | San Rafael, CA | Smith Rafael Film Center
31-May | Chicago, IL | Gene Siskel Film Center
7-Jun | Los Angeles, CA | Nuart Theatre
7-Jun | Portland, OR | Cinema 21
7-Jun | Milwaukee, WI | Oriental Theatre
7-Jun | San Diego, CA | Ken Cinema
7-Jun | Denver, CO | Chez Artiste
7-Jun | Philadelphia, PA | Ritz at the Bourse
7-Jun | Monterey, CA | Osio Cinemas
14-Jun | Baltimore, MD | Charles Theatre
14-Jun | Boston, MA | Kendall Square Cinema
14-Jun | Washington, D.C. | E Street Cinema
14-Jun | Nevada City, CA | Onyx Theater
14-Jun | Santa Rosa, CA | Summerfield Cinemas
21-Jun | Minneapolis, MN | Landmark Theatres
21-Jun | Atlanta, GA | Midtown Art Cinema
21-Jun | Phoenix, AZ | Harkins Shea 14