“Taking Woodstock” in Woodstock

Ang Lee’s upcoming film, “Taking Woodstock,” had a pre-release screening at the Tinker Street Cinema in Woodstock on Saturday, August 8 to benefit the Woodstock Film Festival.

On hand for the panel discussion afterward were screenwriter James Schamus, Michael Lang (co-producer of the 1969 Woodstock festival) and director Ang Lee.

James Schamus, Michael Lang and Ang Lee at the Woodstock Film Festival screening in Woodstock. Photo by Dion Ogust.

James Schamus, Michael Lang and Ang Lee at the Woodstock Film Festival screening in Woodstock. Photo by Dion Ogust.

Has anybody seen the film yet? Got any reviews? Comments? Let’s hear ’em, please.

“Taking Woodstock” is scheduled to open in theaters nationwide on Friday, August 28.

Peace.

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4 Responses to ““Taking Woodstock” in Woodstock”

  1. AndyG says:

    Yep, I was there. I found the movie, based on the book “Taking Woodstock” very entertaining. What most interested me was the perspective the story was told, that of Elliot Tiber (Teichberg), and how he helped connect Michael Lang with Max Yasgur to put on the “small festival” that Walkill ultimately said no to. The characters and their interaction are what drive this story; music was used only as time markers to the flow of the story.

    I’ll have more in my blog for the TU – there is a local connection to Woodstock, and I believe there’s a very brief mention of that person – Bert Sommer.

    I believe Dion’s photo is from the reception at Oriole9 after the screening.

  2. Sara says:

    Andy – Thanks for letting us know. We’re going to have a post about Bert Sommer later today. He was quite a character, and, deservedly, a local legend.

  3. AndyG says:

    You’re welcome for the post topic (-;
    I never knew Bert Sommer personally, but I remember the Fab Newports.

  4. Greg says:

    Andy, well if you didn’t know Bert personally then you’re both a poorer and richer man for it. Poorer, because he was indeed one of those incredibly rare and magnificent natural-born musicians. You’re also likely richer because never “borrowed” money from you.

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