Be Here Now (And Then): “Woodstock: Now and Then” @ The Linda, 10/18/09

October 14th, 2009, 1:37 pm by Greg

Woodstock Festival co-producer Michael Lang and two-time Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple are bringing their latest feature-length documentary, “Woodstock: Now and Then,” to The Linda in Albany on Sunday, October 18.

The film was showcased at the Woodstock Film Festival last month and aired on VH1 and the History Channel in August. But this screening will feature the director’s cut with additional footage that was not included on the broadcasts.

Following the Sunday screening, there will be a Q&A session featuring Lang, Kopple and award-winning writer-commentator Martha Frankel.


“Taking Woodstock” in Woodstock

August 10th, 2009, 11:20 am by Greg

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.


SNEAK PREVIEW: “Taking Woodstock,” 8/8

June 23rd, 2009, 2:35 pm by Greg

Yes, you can be among the very first to see “Taking Woodstock,” the new movie from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee.

Far out…

Not only that, but you can see “Taking Woodstock” in Woodstock at a very special screening sponsored by the Woodstock Film Festival.


Lee and the film’s screenwriter/producer James Schamus are coming to the Tinker Street Cinema in Woodstock at 3pm on Saturday, August 8 to offer a special one-time-only sneak-peek screening of their upcoming film.

Following the screening of the film – much of which was shot in and around the Capital Region last year – there will be a Q&A session at the theater with Lee, Schamus and Michael Lang, the key promoter of the August 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Festival (and a central character in the movie).

A special reception will then follow.


“Showing ‘Taking Woodstock’ in the community that bears its name and spirit, and having both Ang Lee and James Schamus here, will be an event to remember, especially in this, our 10th Anniversary year,” said Meira Blaustein, co-founder and executive director of the Woodstock Film Festival.

“I’ve always enjoyed returning to Woodstock for the Film Festival,” added Schamus, “so it will be a joy and a privilege for Ang and I to present our new movie as a summer surprise.”

Based on the memoirs of Elliot Tiber, the comedy stars Demetri Martin as Elliot, who inadvertently played a role in making 1969’s Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the happening that thrust the counter-cultural into the mainstream spotlight. Of course, the film features plenty of music by folks like the Grateful Dead, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane and Country Joe and the Fish – plus a new recording of “Freedom” from Richie Havens.

The film – which is slated to open nationwide on Friday, August 14 – also features a strong ensemble cast, including Dan Fogler, Henry Goodman, Jonathan Groff (as Michael Lang), Eugene Levy, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Imelda Staunton, with Emile Hirsch and Liev Schreiber.

Tickets to the August 8 screening of “Taking Woodstock” are $20. Tickets to the screening and the reception are $50.

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