We’re closing in on Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, and to celebrate rock’s most legendary concert, Hot Docs is screening a special film program all weekend long.
Woodstock Revisited runs from Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 18 (the same dates as the iconic music festival) and will offer films inspired by the historic concert. The list of titles includes Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock; Janis: Little Girl Blue; Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz; and the 2019 Sundance hit, David Crosby: Remember My Name. (Check out That Shelf review here).
I’ve seen plenty of films about music, and I can tell you that rock ‘n’ roll flicks – documentaries, concerts movies, and biopics – make exhilarating watches in movie theatres. Just look at the success of recent musical biopics Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman as proof.
If you love the genre, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you haven’t experienced rock ‘n’ roll in a packed theatre on a giant silver screen with a state-of-the-art sound system. It’s the next best thing to actually going to a concert. If you’re a feeling nostalgic, love rock ‘n’ roll, or even just a fan of great movies, then there’s no better place to be this weekend than Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.
Friday August 16
Opening Night Film
My Generation (2007)
USA 2007 103 min
Director: Barbara Kopple
FRI, AUG 16 – 6:30 PM
Explore the mythical evolution of the Woodstock phenomenon in this rarely screened gem from Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA).
Alice’s Restaurant (1969)
USA 1969 111 min
Director: Arthur Penn
FRI, AUG 16 – 9:00 PM
Arlo Guthrie stars in this bittersweet ode to the blues and the free spirited 60s adapted from his own folk song, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree”.
Saturday, August 17
David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019)
USA 2019 95 min
Director: A.J. Eaton
SAT, AUG 17, 2:30 PM
In his late ’70s and still helplessly hoping, rocker David Crosby candidly looks back at his entire life and career, from the highest highs to the lowest lows.
Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock (1999)
USA 1999 87 min
Director: Michael Wadleigh
SAT, AUG 17 – 4:45 PM
Experience every note from one of the most talked about live performances ever with uninterrupted footage of Jimi Hendrix’s set at Woodstock.
Long Strange Trip (2017)
USA 2017 238 min
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
SAT, AUG 17 – 7:00 PM
Relive the history of a musical phenomenon in this singular four-hour psychedelic rock odyssey with The Grateful Dead.
Sunday, August 18
Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
USA 2015 143 min
Director: Amy Berg
SUN, AUG 18 – 1:00 PM
Gain a new understanding of Janis Joplin in this intimate portrait of a complicated, driven artist who changed music forever.
The Last Waltz (1978)
USA 1978 116 min
Director: Martin Scorsese
SUN, AUG 18 – 3:30 PM
From Martin Scorsese comes this classic concert documentary that captures The Band’s farewell show with a star-studded slate of musical guests.
Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music (1970)
USA 1970 184 min
Director: Michael Wadleigh
SUN, AUG 18 – 6:00 PM
Transport yourself into the crowd of the most legendary concert of all-time in one of the most celebrated music docs ever made.
Woodstock Revisited – 50th Anniversary Celebration at Hot Docs Cinema
On August 18, 1969, over a million young people descended on Max Yasgur’s farm in Woodstock, New York. What was meant to be a simple concert became the defining event of a generation—and an everlasting symbol of the power of the collective human spirit.
Take a trip back in time with Jimi, Janis, The Dead, David Crosby, The Band, Arlo Guthrie, and the many artists that provided the soundtrack to a festival that proved that, even in the most tumultuous of times, people can tune in, turn on, drop out, and come together for a shared experience not soon to be forgotten.
Woodstock Revisited – 50th Anniversary Celebration takes place at Toronto’s Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, from August 16-18. For the schedule & tickets click here.