Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation
By Rick Gables
Award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman revisits the 1969 Woodstock Festival on its 50th anniversary when PBS’ American Experience premieres Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation on Tuesday, August 6 at 9 PM ET (check your local listings). In August 1969, half a million young people from all walks of life journeyed from every corner of the country to a dairy farm in upstate New York for a concert unprecedented in scope. Woodstock examines the tumultuous decade that led to those three historic days -- years that saw the nation deeply divided by Vietnam and racial, generational and sexual politics -- through the voices of those who were present for the event that would become the defining moment of the counterculture revolution. “For three days, the values of ‘peace and love,’ loudly championed by the counterculture movement, were actually put to the test in the miserable conditions at Woodstock,” said director Barak Goodman.
Smithsonian Channel explores the wild world of man’s best friend with its premiere of the 3-part series, Amazing Dogs, on Sunday, July 28 at 8 PM ET/PT. Take a journey along the twists and turns of the canine family tree to meet the most dangerous and wondrous wild dogs in the natural world and learn how they eventually went on to become much-loved pets like Labradors, bulldogs, mutts and more. Hosted by biologist Patrick Aryee, Amazing Dogs travels the world to study all 34 extraordinary canine species – from the Arctic fox to South America’s maned wolves and everything in between. Aryee examines these wonderfully varied creatures and discovers how, by harnessing their wild instincts, dogs helped change the course of human history. The limited series takes viewers from the jungles of Brazil to the deserts of Africa and onto North America’s prairies to meet the most incredible canines known to man.
EPIX will premiere its new series Pennyworth on Sunday, July 28 at 9 PM ET/PT. The 10-episode, hour-long drama series is based on DC characters and follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London. Additional cast members include Paloma Faith, Jason Flemyng, Ryan Fletcher, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett, Emma Paetz, and Emma Corrin.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Henry Diltz and PBS
Photo caption: Woodstock Festival 1969