Taking Woodstock

Taking Woodstock, the Ang Lee movie filmed in Columbia County, opens August 28 (August marks the 40th anniversary of the event). Here's the trailer (with a short intro by Demetri Martin, who plays one of the leads):

(The trailer's available in much higher quality at Apple's site.)

This film is a comedy -- and we gotta say the phrase "a comedy from Ang Lee" didn't exactly light us up. But the early reviews have been generally positive -- if anything, reviewers seem to think it actually is funny.

From what we hear, a bunch of local people were extras in the film. It'll be fun to see if we recognize anyone.

Earlier on AOA: A peek at the Taking Woodstock shoot


I had no idea that was being marketed as a comedy; it looks great. I was going to go be an extra but I bailed, which I of course now regret.

so much woodstock stuff out there right now: the movie, a bunch of books, etc. the oral history is really comprehensive. this blog has some great stuff about it:


also should add that the woodstock oral history book is from local publisher suny press.

There is another local connection as well.

The Chatham Film Club is holding two benefit screenings of the film on July 30th (at 6 PM and 8:30 PM) at the Crandall Theater in Chatham. Proceeds go to the Regional Food Bank and the Film Club.

Writer/Producer (and local resident) James Schamus, Director Ang Lee and Demetri Martin will also be attending a premier party in Chatham that night. Yes, there will be a red carpet.


There's a brand-new "movie tie-in" paperback edition of the book TAKING WOODSTOCK by Elliot Tiber with Tom Monte, and it's really a great summer read! Be sure to check it out at your local library or local bookstore. To learn more about it, go here:


I didn't realize it was a comedy... I don't know if I can watch that guy for two hours... hopefully he is more charming than on his show...

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