For 3 days in August, 1969, half a million young people descended on a now famous piece of farmland in Upstate New York for what would become the most iconic music event in Rock & Roll history.
2009 marked the 40th Anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair: An Aquarian Exposition, and though many can recount the festival, whether or not they were there, few know the true story of its creation.
That the festival happened at all was not a miracle, as some have said. It was brought to life through the talent and tenacity of some of the finest production professionals on either coast.
"Woodstock '69 - The Untold Story" - a 90 documentary film by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Michael Richards - is the culmination of more than 15 years of inquiry, exploration and discovery of never before seen private film and video footage, newly discovered official photography, newspaper editorials and feature articles, the resurrection of original site blueprints and, most importantly, more than 50 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.
Learn how Jimi Hendrix paid two young boys to drive him to the festival site. Hear the real story of how it became a "free concert", and discover how the 15 year old daughter of a New York State health inspector may have just saved the whole festival.
Now, archival photographs, rare and never before seen film footage bring to life the more than 50 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 Woodstock Generation.
(Principal photography for this film is completed and is now in the final editing stage. Finishing funds will be used to secure the licensing of additional photographs and film footage needed to complete this film.)