For his next film, director Ang Lee is taking us back to the summer of 1969 and a little music festival you may have heard of called Woodstock. Based on the book written by Elliot Tiber, Taking Woodstock is the true story of how Tiber offered up his parents’ motel in Upstate New York as the organizing headquarters for the festival. Although it is based on fact, the movie is Ang Lee’s first foray into comedy territory, with the lead role being played by Demetri Martin. The first trailer for the film premiered after this week’s episode of Important Things with Demetri Martin.
Although I’m not very familiar with Martin, I like what I’m seeing in the trailer. It seems like it could be Ang Lee’s Dazed and Confused, with a great supporting cast that includes Emile Hirsch, Eugene Levy, Paul Dano, Liev Schreiber, Dan Fogler, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It’s interesting to note, however, that Tiber is gay, a detail that figures heavily into the story, but one they fail to mention in the trailer. They seem to be aiming this at a mainstream audience and not just the art house crowd, so let me refer you back to our discussion from last week’s Open Forum Friday. What did you think of the trailer? Taking Woodstock hits theatres on August 14, 2009.