Taking Woodstock: Ang Lee's Take on Seminal 1969 Event

“Taking Woodstock,” the new film from Oscar Award-winning director Ang Lee (“BRokeback Mountain”), receives its world premiere at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in competition.  It will be released by Focus Features in the summer.

The movie is a 1969-set story, based on Elliot Tiber's memoir, about a man, Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin of the hit cable series “Important Things with Demetri Martin”), who inadvertently played a role in making the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the famed happening it was.

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. Upon hearing that a planned concert had lost its permit from the neighboring town of Wallkill, NY, Mr. Tiber called producer Michael Lang (Jonathan Groff) at Woodstock Ventures to offer his family's motel, the El Monaco, to the promoters.

Soon the Woodstock staff was moving into the El Monaco; half a million people were on their way to Mr. Tiber's neighbor's Max Yasgur's (Eugene Levy) farm in White Lake, NY; and Mr. Tiber found himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life, and American culture, forever.

Credits

Director: Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”)
Writers: James Schamus; Based on the book by Elliot Tiber with Tom Monte

Cast:

Demetri Martin, Dan Fogler, Henry Goodman, Jonathan Groff, Eugene Levy, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Imelda Staunton, Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber