Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the legendary event, this film tells the fascinating story of how the three-day Woodstock concert was conceived and, against all obstacles, put together and delivered. In August 1969—against a backdrop of a nation in conflict over sexual politics, civil rights, and the Vietnam War—half a million people converged on a small dairy farm in upstate New York to hear the concert of a lifetime. What they experienced was a moment that would spark a cultural revolution, changing many of them and the country forever. With never-before-seen footage, this new documentary tells the story of the political and social upheaval leading up to those three historic days, as well as the extraordinary events of the concert itself, when near disaster put the ideals of the counterculture to the test. What took place in that teeming mass of humanity—the rain-soaked, starving, tripping, half-a-million strong throng of young people—was nothing less than a miracle of unity, a manifestation of the “peace and love” the festival had touted, and a validation of the counterculture’s promise to the world. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman (Scottsboro: An American Tragedy) and written by Goodman and Don Kleszy.
Landmark Presents an Exclusive Filmmaker Letter from director Barak Goodman