September 22, 2021


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Woodstock ’99 Doc ‘Burn It Down!’ Bound for the London Film Festival

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The MRC non-fiction feature documentary “Burn It Down!”, Which revisits the infamous Woodstock ’99 Music Festival, will have its world premiere at the 65th British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival.

The festival was held in the late summer of the 20th century on July 23-25, 1999 and featured performances by Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Korn, Incense Clown Pose, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wyclef Jean and Sheryl Crowe. It was meant to inspire the 30th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, but failed to do so.

“The organizers of the festival brought together Rehash, who had a bad idea of ​​an iconic cultural moment. Nothing is properly planned, from security to basic needs. “The line-up was a cocktail of 1990s pop rock and Pick New Metal angry-white-man bands, including Limp Bizkit and Corn. What started with anxiety has descended into a deadly crackdown of violence, sexual harassment and genocide. Through archival footage and interviews, directors Tim Travers Hawkins and Celia Aniskovich clearly explore the cultural changes and political contexts that plagued Woodstock ’99 and the toxic white masculinity that continues to this day.

The film, based on a partnership with Rolling Stone Magazine, went beyond the headlines to tell the true story of the event from the perspective of their lives.

The project is the latest from “XY Chelsea” director Tim Travers Hawkins and debut feature documentary director Celia Aniskovich, and through Julia Nottingham Dorothy Street Pictures and Aniskovich executive producers Max Hirschmann and Joanna Juikel (“Firefighter”). .

“This is the music that defined a generation. At a time when the concept of live music performance is under threat, we have unique access to an exciting archive that not only immerses people in a swamp, but speaks more widely then and now,” said Travers Hawkins. Aniskovich.

“Everything in Woodstock ’99 has become more relevant and interesting with the gain of insights,” said Amit Dey, head of MRC Non-Fiction. “Dorothy St. Pictures has gathered incredible insights into those weekend events and we’re confident about how Woodstock 99 went down and are thrilled to be able to work with them to tell a very relevant story.”

Nottingham recently formed the production company Dorothy Street Pictures. The costume’s first project on Bruce Lee’s life and impact, “Be Water”, premiered at Sundance 2020 and later at ESPN’s “300 for 40”.

The MRC non-fiction slate features Edgar Wright’s 2021 Sundance title “The Sparks Brothers”; Untitled Sly Stone and Rudy Giuliani documentaries; And “Girl you know it’s true”

MRC and Diversity The parent company Penske Media Company conducts a publishing joint venture and strategic content partnerships with brands. MRC has minority investments in A24, Fulwell 73, Sugar23 and T-Street.

The BFI London Film Festival is held October 6-17.

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