In August 1969—against a backdrop of a nation in conflict over sexual politics, civil rights, and the Vietnam War—half a million people converged on a small dairy farm in upstate New York to hear the concert of a lifetime. What they experienced was a moment that would spark a cultural revolution, changing many of them and the country forever.
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 teeming 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? Directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and written by Goodman and Don Kleszy, WOODSTOCK takes us back to the three days that defined a generation.
Barak Goodman // Writer, Producer, Director
Over twenty-five years, Barak Goodman has become one of the most prolific and respected non-fiction filmmakers in America. A co-founder of Ark Media, his films have been nominated for an Academy Award and won multiple Emmy and Writers Guild Awards, DuPont-Columbia, and Peabody Awards, the RFK Journalism Prize, and three times been official selections at the Sundance Film Festival. Among Barak’s twelve films for the PBS series American Experience are Oklahoma City, about the worst domestic terrorist attack in American history and its roots in the rise of the radical right; My Lai, the Emmy and Peabody award-winning film on America’s worst war crime; Scottsboro, the Academy Award-nominated film on the trial of black teenagers falsely accused of rape in Depression-era Alabama; and Clinton, a four-hour biography of our 42nd President. Barak was also the director, writer and producer of the six-hour PBS series Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee. He wrote and directed Makers, the first complete history of the modern women's movement. He directed six films for the PBS series FRONTLINE, including the Peabody Award-winning Lost Children of Rockdale County and the Columbia Du-Pont winning series Failure to Protect. He has recently completed Slay the Dragon with Participant Media, a film about gerrymandering and voter suppression that will premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.
Jamila Ephron // Producer, Co-Director
Jamila Ephron is a documentary filmmaker with a background in historical non-fiction films. Most recently, Jamila produced and co-directed Far from the Tree, based on the bestselling book by Andrew Solomon for Participant Media and Sundance Selects. Her work includes My Lai (winner of the primetime Emmy and Peabody Award), The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and Clinton, each for the American Experience series on PBS. She has also co-produced a three-hour documentary on second wave feminism, Makers: Women Who Make America and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Her current film, Woodstock for American Experience will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. A Seattle native and Sarah Lawrence College graduate, Jamila is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Don Kleszy // Editor, Writer
Don's recent work includes Above & Beyond, a portrait of NASA directed by Rory Kennedy, and Oklahoma City, directed by Barak Goodman, which premiered at Sundance 2017 and was the recipient of a 2018 Peabody Award. Don received the 2014 IDA Award for Best Editor, honoring his work on American Experience’s Academy Award nominated feature documentary Last Days in Vietnam, directed by Rory Kennedy. Don also received a 2016 Emmy nod, in Outstanding Editing – Documentary and Long Form, for his work on Last Days in Vietnam. In addition, many of the docs Don has edited have received Emmy nominations, including Makers: Women in War, directed by Rachel Grady; The Poisoner’s Handbook, directed by Rob Rapley; and Oswald’s Ghost, and Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty, both directed by Robert Stone. Among Don’s other feature documentary work both Pandora’s Promise and Earth Days, also directed by Stone, premiered at Sundance and garnered honors at festivals worldwide.
Mark Samels // Producer, WOODSTOCK: Three Days That Defined a Generation Executive Producer, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
As executive producer of PBS’s flagship history series, Mark Samels conceives, commissions and oversees all AMERICAN EXPERIENCE films. Produced by WGBH Boston, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is television’s most-watched and longest-running history series, and has been honored with nearly every industry award, including the Peabody, Primetime Emmys, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, Writers Guild Awards, and Sundance Film Festival Audience and Grand Jury Awards. In 2015, the series received its ninth Academy Award nomination for the critically acclaimed Last Days in Vietnam. Samels has overseen 186 films, expanding both the breadth of subjects and the filmmaking style embraced by the series, allowing for more contemporary topics and more witness-driven storytelling. Beginning his career as an independent documentary filmmaker, he held production executive positions at public television stations in West Virginia and Pennsylvania before joining WGBH. Samels is a founding member of the International Documentary Association and has served as a governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Samels holds honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Emerson College and Elizabethtown College.
Susan Bellows // Senior Producer, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Susan Bellows is an award-winning producer and writer with more than 20 years of experience producing national programs for public television. Bellows most recently served as the writer, director and producer for The Bombing of Wall Street, which premiered on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in February 2018. She was also the producer and director on the four-hour JFK, which premiered in 2013. Since joining the series in 2003, she has provided editorial support and guidance to its broadcast and new media work. Previously, Bellows served as senior producer for the Peabody and Emmy-Award winning series Africans in America. Her other producing credits include films for The Great Depression, for which she received an Emmy nomination, and America’s War On Poverty, both productions of Blackside, Inc. Bellows also co-produced New Worlds, New Forms for the WNET-produced series Dancing, an eight-hour landmark series on dance forms around the world.
Apr 28 - May 4 | New York, NY | Tribeca Film Festival
May 3 | San Rafael, CA | Docland
May 22 +May 26 | Seattle, WA | SIFF
May 24 - 30 | New York, NY | Quad Cinema
May 24 - 30 | New York, NY | The Landmark at 57 West
May 31 - Jun 6 | Woodstock, NY | Upstate Films
May 31 - Jun 6 | Chicago, IL | Gene Siskel Film Center
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