Woodstock is coming back to the big screen for one-night-only next month. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the legendary three-day 1969 festival, the “Extended Director's Cut” of Michael Wadleigh's Oscar-winning 1970 documentary hits theaters on Thursday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. local time.
According to the press release for the showings, “Directed by Michael Wadleigh and utilizing extraordinary perspectives, including split-screen and multi-screen sequences, Woodstock received an Academy Award for Best Editing for Thelma Schoonmaker, a longtime collaborator of Martin Scorsese, who is also credited — along with Stan Warnow, Yeu-Bun Yee, Jere Higgins, and Wadleigh — as one of its editors. The movie features 30 musical performances, among them a five-song set by Jimi Hendrix; the Who; Janis Joplin; Crosby, Stills, & Nash; Jefferson Airplane; and Joan Baez.
Woodstock's original “Director's Cut” was released back in 1994 and featured over 40 minutes — including additional performances by Canned Heat, Country Joe & The Fish, John Sebastian, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. The 2019 version of Woodstock The Director’s Cut runs three hours and 44 minutes. There will be a five-minute intermission after the first two hours and eight minutes of the feature.
Tickets are available now at www.FathomEvents.com.
In 2013, Joni Mitchell appeared on CBC and was asked how she could articulate the emotions of the 1969 Woodstock festival in her song “Woodstock” — despite having missed the event: “Because I was one of the many that were thwarted. That was the place every kid wanted to be. And I got to the airport with CSN and our agent David Geffen and our manager, Elliot (Roberts), on a Sunday night when I was supposed to play and it was a catastrophe. I had to do The Dick Cavett Show the following day, y'know, and it was Geffen that decided, 'Oh, we can't get Joni in and we can't get her out (of the concert site) in time,' so he took me back to the Pierre, where he had a suite, y'know, where he lived and we watched (Woodstock) on TV. And I was the deprived kid that couldn't go. So, I wrote it from the point of view of a kid going.”
Elliott Landy was the official photographer at the 1969 Woodstock festival, and we asked him which single performer absolutely blew him away over the course of the three days: “Oh, Janis Joplin, I think. I was right on stage. I was on stage for a lot of the ones, but I think Janis' performance for me — just her excitement.”