VH1 and History(TM) Unite to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock With an Original Documentary Event 'Woodstock: 40 Years Later' (working title) Premiering on VH1 and History in August
Directed By Academy Award Winning Filmmaker Barbara Kopple and Executive Produced By Original Festival Organizer Michael Lang, Film Will Also Be Simulcast On VH1 Classic
NEW YORK, March 10 -- In the summer of 1969, on a farm about 90 miles north of New York City, more than 500,000 people gathered for a three day music festival that in an instant, defined a generation and changed popular culture forever ... Woodstock.
Now, 40 years after that historic moment, VH1 Rock Docs and History have joined forces for a unique television collaboration: the definitive two-hour documentary, "Woodstock: 40 Years Later" (working title), which will premiere this August on VH1, History and VH1 Classic. Directed by two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple and Executive Produced by Michael Lang, the original festival organizer, the film examines Woodstock from the perspectives of not only the musicians who graced the stage, but the fans who gathered in mass, the concert promoters who risked everything and countless others whose unique experiences help paint a tapestry of Woodstock that hasn't been seen in recent years.
"Woodstock: 40 Years Later" explores the frenzied days leading up to and throughout the festival, from how the planners scrambled to find a concert site and the traffic jams that shut down the New York State thruway to the infamously bad "brown acid," the thunderous rain and mud and, of course, the music. Weaving together first-hand accounts with rare archival images and an iconic soundtrack, the documentary allows those who were there a chance to relive the experience and gives an entirely new generation an opportunity to feel the magic of that time.
The film will also take an important look at Woodstock's legacy through the eyes of today's musicians and activists examining why Woodstock and all it symbolizes is still relevant in today's culture.
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In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, VH1 has partnered with Warner Home Video on several cross-marketing initiatives in support of each other's Woodstock-related projects. Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music -- the four-hour director's cut of the 1970 Oscar(R)-winning documentary about the landmark music event that featured some of the greatest rock 'n' roll performers in history -- will be released this summer in a spectacular new Blu-ray and DVD Ultimate Collector's Edition (UCE). With two extra hours of rare performance footage -- some of it newly-discovered, some only seen in part and some never seen at all -- the UCE is destined to make its own history.
"Woodstock: 40 Years Later" is the newest film in the Emmy Award-winning VH1 Rock Doc franchise. VH1 Rock Docs are feature-length documentaries that tell unique stories of artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles, and musical perspectives.
"Woodstock: 40 Years Later" is part of History's celebration of the historic events that took place during the summer of 1969. History will premiere a series of new specials that also include "Moonshot" and The "Sexual Revolution."
"Woodstock: 40 Years Later" is a co-production of VH1 and History(TM), in association with Cabin Creek Films and Woodstock Ventures, Inc. Brad Abramson, Stephen Mintz, Shelly Tatro and Jeff Olde serve as executive producers for VH1 and Julian P. Hobbs is the executive producer for History. For Cabin Creek Films, Barbara Kopple serves as director and Michael Lang as executive producer.
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