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Taking Woodstock is the new film from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee – and it’s a trip!

Based on the memoirs of Elliot Tiber, the comedy stars Demetri Martin as Elliot, who inadvertently played a role in making 1969’s Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the famed happening it was. Featuring a standout ensemble cast, and songs from a score of ‘60s musical icons including The Grateful Dead, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and Country Joe and the Fish – plus a new recording of “Freedom” from Richie Havens – Taking Woodstock is a joyous voyage to a moment in time when everything seemed possible.

Working as an interior designer in Greenwich Village, Elliot feels empowered by the gay rights movement. But he is also still staked to the family business – a dumpy Catskills motel called the El Monaco that is being run into the ground by his overbearing parents, Jake and Sonia Teichberg (Henry Goodman and Imelda Staunton). In the summer of 1969, Elliot has to move back upstate to the El Monaco in order to help save the motel from being taken over by the bank.

Upon hearing that a planned music and arts festival has lost its permit from the neighboring town of Wallkill, NY, Elliot calls producer Michael Lang (Jonathan Groff) at Woodstock Ventures to offer his family’s motel to the promoters and generate some much-needed business. Elliot also introduces Lang to his neighbor Max Yasgur (Eugene Levy), who operates a 600-acre dairy farm down the road. Soon the Woodstock staff is moving into the El Monaco – and half a million people are on their way to Yasgur’s farm for “3 days of Peace & Music in White Lake.”

With a little help from his friends, including theater troupe leader Devon (Dan Fogler), recently returned Vietnam veteran Billy (Emile Hirsch), and cross-dressing ex-Marine Vilma (Liev Schreiber) – and with a little opposition from townspeople, including Billy’s brother Dan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) – Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life – and popular culture – forever.

Elliot

- Demetri Martin

Devon

- Dan Fogler

Jake Teichberg

- Henry Goodman

Michael Lang

- Jonathan Groff

Max Yasgur

- Eugene Levy

Dan

- Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Sonia Teichberg

- Imelda Staunton

VW Guy

- Paul Dano

VW Girl

- Kelli Garner

Tisha

- Mamie Gummer

Billy

- Emile Hirsch

Vilma

- Liev Schreiber

Director/Producer

- Ang Lee

Screenwriter/Producer

- James Schamus

Producer

- Celia Costas

Executive Producer

- Michael Hausman

Author

- Elliot Tiber

Co-Author

- Tom Monte

Director of Photography

- Eric Gautier

Production Designer

- David Gropman

Editor

- Tim Squyres

Music

- Danny Elfman

Costume Designer

- Joseph G. Aulisi

Taking Woodstock

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About the Film

Taking Woodstock is the new film from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee – and it’s a trip!

Based on the memoirs of Elliot Tiber, the comedy stars Demetri Martin as Elliot, who inadvertently played a role in making 1969’s Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the famed happening it was. Featuring a standout ensemble cast, and songs from a score of ‘60s musical icons including The Grateful Dead, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and Country Joe and the Fish – plus a new recording of “Freedom” from Richie Havens – Taking Woodstock is a joyous voyage to a moment in time when everything seemed possible.

Working as an interior designer in Greenwich Village, Elliot feels empowered by the gay rights movement. But he is also still staked to the family business – a dumpy Catskills motel called the El Monaco that is being run into the ground by his overbearing parents, Jake and Sonia Teichberg (Henry Goodman and Imelda Staunton). In the summer of 1969, Elliot has to move back upstate to the El Monaco in order to help save the motel from being taken over by the bank.

Upon hearing that a planned music and arts festival has lost its permit from the neighboring town of Wallkill, NY, Elliot calls producer Michael Lang (Jonathan Groff) at Woodstock Ventures to offer his family’s motel to the promoters and generate some much-needed business. Elliot also introduces Lang to his neighbor Max Yasgur (Eugene Levy), who operates a 600-acre dairy farm down the road. Soon the Woodstock staff is moving into the El Monaco – and half a million people are on their way to Yasgur’s farm for “3 days of Peace & Music in White Lake.”

With a little help from his friends, including theater troupe leader Devon (Dan Fogler), recently returned Vietnam veteran Billy (Emile Hirsch), and cross-dressing ex-Marine Vilma (Liev Schreiber) – and with a little opposition from townspeople, including Billy’s brother Dan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) – Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life – and popular culture – forever.

  • Demetri Martin

    Elliot

  • Dan Fogler

    Devon

  • Henry Goodman

    Jake Teichberg

  • Jonathan Groff

    Michael Lang

  • Eugene Levy

    Max Yasgur

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan

    Dan

  • Imelda Staunton

    Sonia Teichberg

  • Paul Dano

    VW Guy

  • Kelli Garner

    VW Girl

  • Mamie Gummer

    Tisha

  • Emile Hirsch

    Billy

  • Liev Schreiber

    Vilma

  • Ang Lee

    Director/Producer

  • James Schamus

    Screenwriter/Producer

  • Celia Costas

    Producer

  • Michael Hausman

    Executive Producer

  • Elliot Tiber

    Author

  • Tom Monte

    Co-Author

  • Eric Gautier

    Director of Photography

  • David Gropman

    Production Designer

  • Tim Squyres

    Editor

  • Danny Elfman

    Music

  • Joseph G. Aulisi

    Costume Designer