Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage is the first film to debut as part of Music Box, a collection of documentary films created by Bill Simmons (Andre The Giant, Showbiz Kids) exploring pivotal moments in the music world. Directed by Garret Price (Love, Antosha), the film tells the story of Woodstock ‘99, a music festival promoted to echo unity and counterculture idealism of the original 1969 concert, but instead devolved into riots, looting, and sexual assaults.
Unfolding over three days of intense heat and non-stop performances, Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage examines how the festival eventually collapsed under the weight of its own misguided ambition and resulted in a grim outcome, earning the event the infamous distinction of “the day the nineties died.” The documentary focuses a spotlight on American youth at the end of the millennium, in the shadow of Columbine and the looming hysteria of Y2K, pinpointing a moment in time when the angst of a generation galvanized into a seismic cultural shift. Set to a soundtrack of the era’s most aggressive rock bands, the film also reappraises the 1960s mythos, revealing hard truths about the dangers of rose-tinted nostalgia in the age of commercialism and bottom-line profits.
Music Box series, a Ringer Films Production in association with Polygram Entertainment, is created by Bill Simmons. Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage is directed by Garret Price; Produced by Sean Keegan and Adam Gibbs; Executive produced by Bill Simmons, Jody Gerson, and Marc Cimino; Co-executive produced by Geoff Chow, Sean Fennessey, and Noah Malale.