Remember when Woodstock happened? No? Me, neither. But let’s just pretend we do for the purposes of this post. Via Focus Features, here’s the first one-sheet teaser poster for Ang Lee’s coming of age drama/comedy “Taking Woodstock”. The film stars Demetri Martin, Emile Hirsch, and Eugene Levy, with the August release date timed to the 40th anniversary of the historic Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, aka Hippie Wonderland.
A generation began in his backyard…. From Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), comes Taking Woodstock, a new comedy inspired by the true story of Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin) and his family, who inadvertently played a pivotal role in making the famed Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the happening that it was.
It’s 1969, and Elliot Tiber, a down-on-his-luck interior designer in Greenwich Village, New York, has to move back upstate to help his parents run their dilapidated Catskills motel, The El Monaco. The bank’s about to foreclose; his father wants to burn the place down, but hasn’t paid the insurance; and Elliot is still figuring how to come out to his parents.
When Elliot hears that a neighboring town has pulled the permit on a hippie music festival, he calls the producers, thinking he could drum up some much-needed business for the motel. Three weeks later, half a million people are on their way to his neighbor’s farm in White Lake, NY, and Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life, and American culture, forever.
Starring Demetri Martin, Imelda Staunton, Henry Goodman, Jonathan Groff, Emile Hirsch, Eugene Levy, and directed by Ang Lee. Screenplay by James Schamus, based on the book by Elliot Tiber with Tom Monte.
Get your groove on August 14.