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CINEMA LIBRE STUDIO presents VIRTUE FILMS INTL & ELM ENTERTAINMENT'S


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For three days in August 1969, nearly a half-million young people descended upon Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York for the rock ‘n’ roll event that defined a generation. Mythologized for 50 years, the filmmakers set the record straight with "Creating Woodstock,” the most comprehensive examination of how the festival came to be using original interviews with key figures, rare archival footage and unearthed photographs.

The founders of Woodstock Ventures - John Roberts, Michael Lang, Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfeld—along with the best production talent on either coast, including John Morris, Bill Belmont, Mel Lawrence, and Chip Monck recall moments from the initial idea for the festival, to the search for a suitable site and then the race to build a venue, promote the event and, most importantly, book the bands.

Find out why the Grateful Dead wanted a “do over" and Crosby, Stills & Nash weren’t going to show up, why The Who refused to play and Jimi Hendrix almost didn’t make it, and how it turned into a free concert. Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, and Leslie West recount their experiences, including performing on a stage that nearly collapsed, and learn how a 15-year-old girl may have saved the festival from being shut down entirely!

Directed by

Mick Richards

Produced by

Eric Morris
Mick Richards

Film Editing

Mick Richards

Cast & Crew

Who We Are

CINEMA LIBRE STUDIO PRESENTS VIRTUE FILMS INTL and ELM ENTERTAINMENT'S "CREATING WOODSTOCK"
SOUND BY BLUE SKY RECORDING
EDITED BY MICK RICHARDS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PAUL H. BARRY
PRODUCED BY ERIC MORRIS
DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY MICK RICHARDS

John Roberts
Producer

Joel Rosenman
Producer

Michael Lang
Producer

Artie Kornfeld
Producer

John Morris
Head of Production

Mel Lawrence
Director of Operations

Stan Goldstein
Director of Camp Grounds

Chris Langhart
Chief Engineer

Henry Diltz
Official Photographer

Bill Belmont
Coordinator of Artists

Art Vassmer
Owner, Vassmer's Store, White Lake NY

Bill Ward
Chairman, Art Dept University of Miami

Wes Pomeroy
Head of Security

Leslie West
Guitarist, Mountain

Richie Havens
Performer

Arlo Guthrie
Performer

Ticia Agri
Asst. to Michael Lang

Monte Rosen
Attorney Town of Wallkill

Dennis Cosgrove
Wallkill Concerned Citizens Committee

The Quarry
Woodstock 'House Band"

The Quarry
Woodstock 'House Band"

E.H.B. 'Chip' Monck
Production/Lighting Designer

Michael Wood
Attended all four days

Gail Rogers
Fillmore East employee hired to work "security" at the festival.

Lisa Law
Hog Farm Free Kitchen

Lee Blumer
Asst. to Wes Pomeroy

Penny Stallings
Asst. to Mel Lawrence

Film History

50 years later

"Creating Woodstock" is the culmination of three decades of inquiry, exploration, and discovery of never before seen private film and video footage, uncovered official photography, newspaper editorials and feature articles. The resurrection of original site blueprints and, most importantly, tens of hours of in depth on camera interviews with the very people who made it all happen. Those who were there from the very beginning, to the exact moment the last festival goer stepped from Max Yasgur's once pastural alfalfa field.

Now, archival photographs, rare and never before seen film footage bring to life the more than 70 hours of interviews with the producers, planners, and performers of the Woodstock Festival - some of whom are sadly no longer with us, but all with their own very special perspective on the event that named a generation.

The Bands

Friday, August 15 to Saturday, August 16

  • Richie Havens
  • Swami Satchidananda
  • Sweetwater
  • Bert Sommer
  • Tim Hardin
  • Ravi Shankar
  • Melanie
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Joan Baez

The Bands cont...

Saturday, August 16 to Sunday, August 17

  • Quill
  • Country Joe McDonald
  • Santana
  • John B. Sebastian
  • Keef Hartley Band
  • The Incredible String Band
  • Canned Heat
  • Mountain
  • Grateful Dead
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Janis Joplin
  • Sly & the Family Stone
  • The Who
  • Jefferson Airplane

The Bands cont...

Sunday, August 17 to Monday, August 18

  • Joe Cocker
  • Country Joe and the Fish
  • Ten Years After
  • The Band
  • Johnny Winter
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Sha Na Na
  • Jimi Hendrix
For 3 days in August 1969
a half-million people descended upon
Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York
a rock ‘n’ roll event that defined a generation

Creating Woodstock a film by Mick Richards

CINEMA LIBRE STUDIO

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DISTRIBUTION CONTACTS

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