Taking Woodstock, the new film from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee, opens today. Ang Lee returns to making a comedy after a long absence in the genre. On The Colbert Report the other day, he jokingly said “I did six tragedies in a row. I can’t take it anymore.” In Taking Woodstock, he brings us peace, love, and music. It should be a psychedelic trip. Here’s the synopsis for Taking Woodstock:
A 1969-set true story about a man, Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin), who inadvertently played a pivotal role in making the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the famed happening it was. Working as an interior designer in Greenwich Village during culturally and politically exciting times, Mr. Tiber felt empowered by the gay rights movement. But he was also still staked to the family business – a Catskills motel. Upon hearing that a planned concert had lost its permit from the neighboring town of Wallkill, NY, Mr. Tiber called producer Michael Lang (Jonathan Groff) at Woodstock Ventures to offer his motel. Soon the Woodstock staff was moving into the El Monaco; half a million people were on their way to Mr. Tiber’s neighbor’s Max Yasgur’s (Eugene Levy) farm in White Lake, NY; and Mr. Tiber found himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life, and American culture, forever.
Ang Lee Q&A for Taking Woodstock
Taking Woodstock Trailer