PBS to Air Woodstock ’69 Documentary: Watch Trailer

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PBS and American Experience have announced the television premiere of a new documentary, Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation. The film made its big screen debut on April 28 at the Tribeca Film Festival and played in select theaters in the spring. It debuted on PBS on Tuesday, August 6, and will have more airings in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the historic three-day concert.

The film is directed by Barak Goodman, and written by Goodman and Don Kleszy. It was originally revealed on July 30, 2018, at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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From the original announcement: “In August 1969, half a million people from all walks of life journeyed from every corner of the country to a dairy farm in upstate New York for a concert unprecedented in scope and influence. Woodstock examines the tumultuous decade that led to those three historic days — years that saw the nation deeply divided by Vietnam and racial, generational and sexual politics — through the voices of those who were present for the event that would become the defining moment of the counterculture revolution.”

[Best Classic Bands is presenting its own series of features on Woodstock, the greatest rock festival of all time. Stories include our interview with all of the members of the Jefferson Airplane, as they recollection their appearance; our chat with the then-22-year-old and relatively unknown Melanie; our talk with Santana drummer Michael Shrieve and his breathtaking performance there at age 20; our feature on Joni Mitchell’s iconic song, “Woodstock,” which she wrote based on conversations and news reports; and many more.]

‘Our film turns the cameras around, into the audience.’ Woodstock Festival 1969. Bethel, NY (Photo © Elliott Landy, LandyVision Inc. Used with permission)

“Unlike Michael Wadleigh’s classic 1970 documentary, our film turns the cameras around, into the audience,” said American Experience executive producer Mark Samels. “By focusing on individuals — from concert goers to security guards to performers to local residents — Woodstock expands our understanding of the event as not only an unparalleled musical milestone, but a once-in-a-century cultural phenomena that served as a coda to the sixties and a harbinger of the decades to come.”

“For three days in August, 1969, the values of ‘peace and love,’ loudly championed by the counter-culture movement, were actually put to the test in the miserable conditions at Woodstock,” said director Barak Goodman. “The 500,000 people who attended the festival proved that they were more than just words. For a surprising number of people, that brief encounter with sacrifice, cooperation and generosity changed their lives. I think Woodstock continues to inspire because the grace demonstrated there was real and enduring.”

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Watch another clip from Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation

Goodman’s most recent film, Oklahoma City, also for American Experience, was honored with a prestigious Peabody Award last year. His films for Ark Media have been nominated for an Academy Award and won multiple Emmys, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Awards, the RFK Journalism Prize, and three times been official selections at the Sundance Film Festival.

American Experience documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and 17 George Foster Peabody Awards; the series received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 2015 for Last Days in Vietnam.

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  1. Phil
    #1 Phil 31 July, 2018, 13:10

    I am a member of Woodstock Nation. I will be looking out for this. Peace.

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