Continuing The Frida Cinema’s celebration of “The Summer of 1969”, we present the 1994 director’s cut of the 1970 documentary Woodstock. The three-day music festival, taking place in August 1969, stands as the most impactful music festival in American music history, as well as the pinnacle of the 1960s counterculture movement.
Woodstock: The Director’s Cut takes an in-depth, multi-perspective look at the landmark festival. Conceived and co-organized by four baby boomers (Michael Lang, Artie Kornfeld, Joel Rosenman and John P. Roberts). They took Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in upstate New York and transformed it into the backdrop for music history. Over three days, thirty-two acts represented a “who’s who” of 1960s counterculture musical icons, (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, The Who, Sly and the Family Stone, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ravi Shankar, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix). With an estimated audience of 500,000 people, the Woodstock festival made a statement to America about the power of music and the permanent impact of the counterculture on American life.
Winning the 1971 Oscar for Best Documentary, Woodstock went on to become an important document of a time unlike any other in America. The uniqueness of the documentary’s style can be credited to its seven editors, including future Oscar winning director Marin Scorsese. Don’t miss your chance to see “An Aquarian Exposition [of] 3 Days of Peace and Music.”
“An important sociological document as much as massive who’s who of rock and folk in 1969”—Rob Gonsalves, filmcritic.com
“Few documentaries have captured and place more completely, poignantly, and for that matter, entertainingly.”—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“In the end, it is hard to come away not overwhelmed by both the events it pictures and the titanic filmmaking that brings it to the screen.”—Bill Wyman, Salon.com