SIFF Face the Music 2019 Preview: Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation

SIFF
05/21/2019
Dusty Henry

Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation  (USA | 2018 | 106 minutes | d: Barak Goodman, Jamila Ephron)

* WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 7:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
SUNDAY, MAY 26 3:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

* While supplies last, FREE tickets are available at the KEXP Front Desk for this screening. (Limited 2 per person.) 

Music festivals aren’t hard to come by these days. It’s easy to plan our spring and summers around destination events like Coachella and Bonnaroo – known quantities for experiencing as much music and partying as one could want in a weekend. While modern-day festivals thrive on the possibility of surprise guests and mind-blowing performances from the biggest stars of our time, this wasn’t always the case. And in the case of Woodstock in particular, the whole thing was so mind-boggling that people didn’t actually know how it’d play out.

With Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation, directors Barak Goodman and Jamile Ephron take an intimate look at the legendary festival. But instead of looking at the infamous performances, he’s centered his film on the experience of those who were there. Woodstock has certainly become a cultural touchstone in the 50 years after its initial run. At the height of festival pandemonium, this new documentary offers a moment of reflection on what the original festival meant and the ripple effects its had on the world since.

Before there were selfies at the giant Ferris Wheel, there were dilapidated dairy farms and as a generation of kids who would spend the rest of their lives figuring out “what just happened?”

 

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