A two-hour special from Ark Media for PBS American Experience
Produced by Barak Goodman and Jamila Ephron; Directed by Barak Goodman; Co-Directed by Jamila Ephron
The Woodstock music festival was both an ending and a beginning. For the Sixties counter-culture movement – that strange amalgam of protest, rebellion, self-indulgence, and idealism – Woodstock was the last gasp, the bow before the curtain rang down. But for tens of thousands of men and women, boys and girls, who attended the festival, it was a transformative experience, the start of a new way of thinking and being that for many would last a lifetime.
Why was this three-day festival -- thrown together at the last minute by an improbable group of twenty-something impresarios, carried out against the steepest odds -- a defining moment for a generation? As the 50th anniversary approaches, Woodstock takes us back stage; on stage; and, most importantly, into the crowd to understand this strange, confounding, exhilarating, and inspiring event.