Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation



Film Info
Running Time:106 min.
Premiere Status:California
Director:Barak Goodman
Print Source:PBS Distribution
Note Writer:Ken Jacobson


The word Woodstock brings numerous associations to mind—namely, drugs, free love, and rock and roll. But what if the stock images of writhing bodies, drugged-out hippies, and screaming rock and rollers only told part of the story? What if Woodstock stood for something far grander in the great American narrative than just a mud-drenched party that paved the way for Coachella? On the 50th anniversary of the three-day music festival that captured the world’s attention in August 1969, filmmaker Barak Goodman (Oklahoma City), eschewing the traditional talking heads approach, brilliantly mixes together original archival footage, firsthand voiceover testimonials, and a stirring selection of amazing musical performances to tell this epic saga with fresh insight. It's an echoing call to get back to the garden.

IN PERSON: Film Subjects Wavy Gravy, Jahanara Romney

Pre-film wine and cheese reception 7:30 pm | SEAGER GRAY GALLERY

Film only: $16/$14 CFI member | Film and reception: $26/$24 CFI member

Additional Information

Over 25 years, Barak Goodman has become one of the most prolific and respected non-fiction filmmakers in America. His films, including Academy Award®-nominated Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2000) and the Emmy Award®-nominated Sundance hit Oklahoma City (2017), explore the greatness, turbulence, and moral complexity of American life.