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Ang Lee Is Taking Woodstock

by Ryan March 30, 2009 at 2:07 am Comments

Check out the trailer for Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s next film, Taking Woodstock. The film is based on the book of the same name by Elliot Tiber, and tells how Tiber played a small but pivotal role in helping 1969’s Woodstock become the legendary event it is today. Here’s a plot synopsis:

Working as an interior designer in Greenwich Village during culturally and politically exciting times, Mr. Tiber felt empowered by the gay-rights movement. But he was also still staked to the family business – a Catskills motel. As its part-time manager, he had become the local town’s issuer of event permits, granting himself one annually for a small music festival. When he heard that the planned Woodstock concert had had its own permit denied by a neighboring town, he called to offer his own. Soon half a million people were on their way to Mr. Tiber’s neighbor’s farm in White Lake, New York, and Mr. Tiber found himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life, and American culture, forever.

It’ll be interesting to see Lee tackle some comedic material again, as he hasn’t really flirted with the genre since his earlier (and excellent) films. The movie stars Demetri Martin, Emile Hirsch, Paul Dano, Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kelli Garner, Eugene Levy, and Imelda Staunton. It’s set to hit theaters this summer on August 14, 2009.

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