Thursday, October 1, 2009

More Woodstock. That Woodstock.

The 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was celebrated in August. The 10th anniversary of the Woodstock Film Festival is being celebrated this weekend. The two collided last night at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. There was a big WFF party at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock Wednesday night, after the screening of the opening night film, "Woodstock: Now & Then," which was executive produced by Woodstock promoter and Town of Woodstock resident Michael Lang, and directed by Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple.

Now is that a cake, or is that a cake? But it looks like our good pastry chef needs a spell check.

With the beard and the hat is Duke Devlin, who came for Woodstock in 1969 and still lives in Bethel today; Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director Meira Blaustein, with hands crossed; Woodstock concert promoter Michael Lang next to her, and Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple next to Lang.

A q and a followed the screening. Michael Lang, Woodstock Film Festival Executive Director Meira Blaustein and Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple during the q and a after "Woodstock: Now & Then":

Check out this guy's vest. An image of the crowd at Woodstock has been placed on the fabric. Cool, dude:

Gilles Malkine, who performed at Woodstock 1969 with Tim Hardin:

The Bearsville Theater lobby:

David Becker is a filmmaker and worked on "Woodstock: Now and Then," as well as "Saint Misbehavin' about Wavy Gravy, the man who helped Woodstock avoid a catastrophe by feeding hundreds of thousands. More on that later.

Elliott Landy, with the microphone, spoke during the q and a. Now, if you don't know who Elliott is, he shot the Woodstock festival in 1969 and has chronicled the amazing musical history that lies at the heart of the Town of Woodstock. Elliott shot The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Hendrix AND that very famous album cover for Bob Dylan's "Nashville Skyline." Elliott lives in Woodstock and said a few words at the q and a after "Woodstock: Now and Then."

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