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...

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.


Recently on All Over Albany

Thank you!

When we started AOA a decade ago we had no idea what was going to happen. And it turned out better than we could have... (more)

Let's stay in touch

This all feels like the last day of camp or something. And we're going to miss you all so much. But we'd like to stay... (more)

A few things I think about this place

Working on AOA over the past decade has been a life-changing experience for me and it's shaped the way I think about so many things.... (more)

Albany tightened its rules for shoveling snowy sidewalks last winter -- so how'd that work out?

If winter ever gets its act together and drops more snow on us, there will be sidewalks to shovel. And shortly after that, Albany will... (more)

Tea with Jack McEneny

Last week we were fortunate enough to spend a few minutes with Jack McEneny -- former state Assemblyman, unofficial Albany historian, and genuinely nice guy.... (more)

Recent Comments

My three year old son absolutely loving riding the train around Huck Finn's (Hoffman's) Playland this summer.

Thank you!

...has 27 comments, most recently from Ashley

Let's stay in touch

...has 4 comments, most recently from mg

A look inside 2 Judson Street

...has 3 comments, most recently from Diane (Agans) Boyle

Everything changes: Alicia Lea

...has 2 comments, most recently from Chaz Boyark

A few things I think about this place

...has 13 comments, most recently from Katherine