Director: Michael Wadleigh Run Time: 184 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1970
Starring: The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Crosby Stills & Nash, Joe Cocker, Sly and the Family Stone, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin
On the 50th anniversary of the concert, we’re screening the documentary Woodstock, an intimate look at the Woodstock Music & Art Festival. Held in Bethel, NY in 1969, the film documents the festival from preparation through cleanup, with historic access to insiders, blistering concert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers; negative and positive aspects are shown, from drug use by performers to naked fans sliding in the mud, from the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes to the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for the impromptu city of 500,000.