In other hippie news, Taking Woodstock had its NY premiere Wednesday night! The new film from director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) is a recounting of how the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival came to be, based on the memoirs of Elliot Tiber, the kid, at the time, who inadvertently helped make it all happen. As some of you may recall (not us, how old do you think we are? heh) Woodstock was basically a hippie fest of free love, music and YOGA! That’s right, Swami Satchidananda famously lead the high-flyers as the first speaker at Woodstock ’69. Sadly though, judging by the trailer, the movie seems it’s based primarily around those first two bits: hippies and music (oh and drugs surely). Whatever.
The cast stars Demetri Martin, Liev Schreiber, and Emile Hirsch to name a few. Unfortunately we hadn’t heard of any casting calls for yogis on this one. Not even as extras! Wonder if YAMA will be the new source for something like that? Also, no word who or if anyone gets to play Swami Satchidinanda.
Hm, that’s fine then. We have Wanderlust! Or, kinda. YD pal Joelle Hann adeptly points out from the NYTimes article, that the yoga+music fest of today is not exactly your parents’ hippie pow wow. We just think the kids these days don’t smoke nearly enough reefer to match the summer of ’69.
Taking Woodstock opens in select cities August 14th.