Woodstock is a cultural flashpoint that has defined a decade, period and generation. It is the subject of countless books, essays and movies. A new one is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month by acclaimed documentarian Barak Goodman titled Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation and a new trailer is out now.
The trailer opens with the logistical nightmare that the festival faced from the onset. They only expected 50,000 people and 400,000 showed up. The event was not prepared for this many people and it became a government issue, plagued by medical and sanitation problems.
However, rose-colored sunglasses look back at Woodstock as embodying the free-spirited nature of the 1960’s and the rebellious nature of young people in that era. It was how people came together to celebrate music that really stood out over those historic three days. The movie will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28 and then have its theatrical release by PBS on May 24.
The documentary will feature never before seen footage (how do these documentaries always find this stuff) and examine the "political and social upheaval leading up to those three historic days, as well as the extraordinary events of the concert itself."
Woodstock is celebrating 50 years in 2019, so the timing is right for another examination of the festival.