Relive the Greatest Concert Ever in Trailer for 'Woodstock' Doc on PBS

April 19, 2019
Source: YouTube

Woodstock Trailer

"We were looking for other people that felt the same way we did." PBS Distribution has unveiled an official trailer for a new documentary about the greatest concert ever - Woodstock. Titled Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation, the feature-length doc film is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival first, then will play in select theaters before airing on TV through PBS. In August of 1969, 500,000 people gathered at a farm in upstate New York. What happened there was far more than just a concert. Woodstock tells the story of a legendary event that defined a generation through the voices of those who were there. While there have been docs about Woodstock before (e.g. Michael Wadleigh's Woodstock in 1970, Barbara Kopple's My Generation) as well as feature films (like Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock), this new doc focuses on the people. "From concert goers to security guards to performers to local residents — Woodstock expands our understanding of the event as not only an unparalleled musical milestone, but a once-in-a-century cultural phenomena that served as a coda to the 60s and a harbinger of the decades to come." Good times.

Here's the official trailer for Barak Goodman & Jamila Ephron's doc Woodstock, from PBS' YouTube:

Woodstock Documentary

With never-before-seen footage, Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation tells the story of the political and social upheaval leading up to those three historic days, as well as the extraordinary events of the concert itself, when near disaster put the ideals of the counterculture to the test. What took place in that teaming mass of humanity — the rain-soaked, starving, tripping, half-a-million strong throng of young people — was nothing less than a miracle of unity, a manifestation of the "peace and love" the festival had touted, and a validation of the counterculture’s promise to the world. Who were these kids? What experiences and stories did they carry with them to Bethel, New York that weekend, and how were they changed by their time in the muck and mire of Max Yasgur's farm? Woodstock is directed by award-winning documentary producer / filmmaker Barak Goodman, director of the feature docs Scottsboro: An American Tragedy, Oklahoma City, as well as the "American Experience" TV series previously. Co-directed by Jamila Ephron. This will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this month. PBS will release Goodman's Woodstock in select theaters starting sometime this May. For even more info, visit the film's official website.

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PBS does great work. I didn't realize 400k showed up! Insane! No wonder it turned into a literal "sh*t show".

THE_RAW_ on Apr 19, 2019


Hey, Raw. Read my post above. You want to see a great documentary film on this event follow my suggestion above and watch the first, original one about it. It's a great documentary and nothing about Woodstock since has measured up to it. Just an excellent film that literally takes you there. Cheers!

thespiritbo on Apr 19, 2019


What a nice event that was ...

shiboleth on Apr 19, 2019


looks good!

dan on Apr 19, 2019


A bit derivative...and that's a massive understatement. I watched a little of the trailer, sped thru it...didn't see anything I haven't seen many, many, many times before. Of course, I was 23 at the time of this event. You couldn't have paid me to go to that thing. The first, and best documentary on it, Woodstock, will not be surpassed. Scorsese had a hand in it...I think as an editor. Anyway, it is a great documentary that covered all the bases from the performances, to the people attending, to those that put it together, to great back stage footage. It's the film to watch if you want the real deal on this cultural event. I can't see wasting one's time with this current one.

thespiritbo on Apr 19, 2019


Amazing that you don’t have to see the doc, or even the trailer to form an opinion of it. You must be one of those “super critics” or something.

Trb Jones on Apr 19, 2019


That I am and good for you to recognize as such. To me one has to be pretty unobservant to not be able to ascertain what I did here, but that's not my problem. You perhaps need mountains of stuff in order to form an opinion. I however, do not. Along with my experiences and exposure to this event and other films documenting that I've seen, I quite easily formed an opinion. It's a correct opinion too. That my doing so somehow raised your ire is something you might look at. Cheers!

thespiritbo on Apr 20, 2019


Smells like teen spirit.

DAVIDPD on Apr 19, 2019


Looking really forward to this historical perspective of an absolutely incredible event! It's a shame that the country and world has devolved so much as to prevent something so beautiful to happen again.

kitano0 on Apr 20, 2019


There's actually plenty of large outdoor hippie concerts like this each year all over the country. Coachella, Arise, Burning Man, Electric Forest, Electric Daisy Carnival, etc..

Electronic Eric on Apr 22, 2019


Well aware of that...I was speaking of Woodstock specifically. None of those events draw 400,000 people, however. And I wouldn't seriously consider Coachella as anything serious. It appears to be a photo-op event for rich show-biz types...

kitano0 on Apr 22, 2019

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