Danny Elfman PR: Taking Woodstock

cinemedia posted on Oct 06, 2009 at 10:02PM


Original Score Album Features Music By Danny Elfman

(Sept 22, 2009- Burbank, CA) – La-La Land Records will release the original score album of TAKING WOODSTOCK on September 29, 2009. The film features original score by Danny Elfman (MILK, MEN IN BLACK).

Over the past 25 years, Los Angeles native and resident Danny Elfman has established himself as one of film’s leading composers. His collaborations with director Gus Van Sant on Milk and Good Will Hunting brought Mr. Elfman Academy Award® nominations; he has been nominated twice more, for Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men in Black and Tim Burton’s Big Fish. The latter also earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Movie audiences worldwide have heard the composer’s unique sound and style with some 60 film scores. His signature scores include ones for Tim Burton’s Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, among their many movies together; Henry Selick’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, which brought Mr. Elfman his first Golden Globe Award nomination; Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man; Taylor Hackford’s Dolores Claiborne; Martin Brest’s Midnight Run; Jon Amiel’s Sommersby; the Hughes Brothers’ Dead Presidents; and Rob Marshall’s Academy Award-winning Chicago.
Taking Woodstock is the new film from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee – and it’s a trip!
Based on the memoirs of Elliot Tiber, the comedy stars Demetri Martin as Elliot, who inadvertently played a role in making 1969’s Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the famed happening it was. Working as an interior designer in Greenwich Village, Elliot feels empowered by the gay rights movement. But he is also still staked to the family business – a dumpy Catskills motel called the El Monaco that is being run into the ground by his overbearing parents, Jake and Sonia Teichberg (Henry Goodman and Imelda Staunton). In the summer of 1969, Elliot has to move back upstate to the El Monaco in order to help save the motel from being taken over by the bank.
Upon hearing that a planned music and arts festival has lost its permit from the neighboring town of Wallkill, NY, Elliot calls producer Michael Lang (Jonathan Groff) at Woodstock Ventures to offer his family’s motel to the promoters and generate some much-needed business. Elliot also introduces Lang to his neighbor Max Yasgur (Eugene Levy), who operates a 600-acre dairy farm down the road. Soon the Woodstock staff is moving into the El Monaco – and half a million people are on their way to Yasgur’s farm for “3 days of Peace & Music in White Lake.”
With a little help from his friends, including theater troupe leader Devon (Dan Fogler), recently returned Vietnam veteran Billy (Emile Hirsch), and cross-dressing ex-Marine Vilma (Liev Schreiber) – and with a little opposition from townspeople, including Billy’s brother Dan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) – Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life – and popular culture – forever.

A Focus Features presentation of an Ang Lee film, TAKING WOODSTOCK will be in theaters on August 28, 2009. La-La Land Records presents TAKING WOODSTOCK – ORIGINAL SCORE available in-stores and at www.lalalandrecords.com on September 29, 2009.


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