- 2 hr 1 min
Taking Woodstock presents a new angle on the true story of the climactic hippie music festival Woodstock that helped define and end the era of the Sixties, highlighting the huge impact new forms of music had on American culture. Taking Woodstock tells the story of the man who accidentally provided the location for Woodstock to happen. The man’s name was Elliot Timber, who is played by Demetri Martin. Elliot lives in Greenwich Village and dreams of becoming a prominent New York City interior designer, but before he can move forward and establish his career, he has to return home for the summer to help his parents save their motel. His parents, Jake and Sonia, own a hotel called the El Monaco located in the Catskills of New York. Their hotel is in shabby condition in drastic need of repairs and with few guests to provide funds for these repairs. Elliot forms a plan to save the hotel when he sees an advertisement in the newspaper about a high-profile concert that was scheduled to take place nearby in Wallkill, New York, but that lost its permit. Elliot plans to repair the hotel to livable conditions and get the permits to hold the concert in a nearby dairy farm pasture in White Lake, New Jersey, all while housing the staff of the Woodstock Ventures and the concert crew at the newly refurbished El Monaco. This is a giant feat that Elliot is basically taking on alone, since his parents aren’t much help. For example, his father’s idea of cleaning the pool is to pour a gallon of laundry bleach in the water. The story for Taking Woodstock has been translated to the screen from the memoir Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life written by Elliot Timber and Tom Monte. Taking Woodstock was directed by Ang Lee, who also directed the Academy Award-winning films Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.