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The film, based upon the book of the same name, follows the true life story of Elliot Tiber (played by Demetri Martin), an aspiring Greenwich Village interior designer whose parents owned a small motel in Upstate New York and, at the time, held the only musical festival permit in the entire town of Bethel, New York. Tiber offered both the Catskills motel and the permit to the Woodstock Festival's organizers.
In theaters August 28th

Tags: 28th, August, Woodstock

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Prior to the screening, I read the book by Elliot Tiber (the real Elliot Teichberg) and Tom Monte, and I have to say it was excellent. If the book is any indication of the caliber of the movie, this is a sure hit. Elliot's exciting life takes all kinds of twists and turns, and it is amazing to hear his side of the story and the crazy way he was able to make such a huge impact on Woodstock. His parents are great characters and everyone in the cast helps to show the true spirit of Woodstock in the film. For the anniversary of the festival, this is coming out at the perfect time. Everyone who has an interest in Woodstock and its origins should see this movie - and for more factual less dramatic information, read the book!
Thanks for the add on Assassin! :)
If you have an interest in Woodstock lore specifically, or just enjoy rock music's back stories, you'll like this book. If you aren't comfortable with the very personal story of a gay man fighting his demons, be aware that this plays a major part in this story.
And don't expect an accounting of the festival itself. For the most part, Tiber's story, and his role in it, ends when Woodstock begins.
Just a head's up!
The hippie mindset is that either you're with them or you're not, and similarly "Taking Woodstock" asks that you ride along its loose, laid-back vibe or start flinging mud. Those with mud balls in hand may wish the movie had more conflict and plot, and even the converted won't stomach so many clichéd characters (including Elliot's Jewish stereotype parents and Emile Hirsch as a Vietnam vet). Yet in a terrific, surprising performance, Martin carries the movie like he's been doing it his whole life, helping transform "Woodstock" from a shambling mess into a true celebration of taking three days away from the world, to align yourself with yourself and with others.




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