‘Woodstock – Directors Cut’ to be screened Aug. 3 as DCA fundraiser

Jan Dunbar

Jan Dunbar has visited the 1969 Woodstock music festival site several times, and she’s planning another trip in August for the 50th anniversary celebration.

“It is truly a magical place with a welcoming vibe,” said Dunbar, who lives in Wyandotte. “It feels like home. The grounds are now home to a wonderful museum, indoor music hall and concert pavilion, aptly named Bethel Woods.”

Dunbar chose the 40th anniversary edition of the documentary “Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music — Director’s Cut” to be screened from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Downriver Council for the Arts, 81 Chestnut St., Wyandotte, as a fundraiser for the organization. The price of admission is $5 in advance (contact president@downriverarts.org) or $7 at the door.

“I’m the current president of the Board of Directors, a resident artist and a gallery committee member at the DCA,” Dunbar said. “Last year, I curated an exhibit fashioned after the 1967 San Francisco Summer of Love. It was a given to have a celebration for this year’s 50th anniversary of Woodstock.”

The remastered documentary Dunbar has chosen to screen — 224 minutes long — includes 18 never-before-seen Woodstock performances from artists such as Santana, The Who, Jefferson Airplane and Joe Cocker. And five of the artists included – Paul Butterfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Winter and Mountain – played at Woodstock but had never appeared in any prior film version, according to Blue-Ray.com.

Children 12 and younger will be admitted to the screening free of charge, but be advised that the movie is rated R.

Several intermissions are planned throughout the evening for raffles and more. Pop-up vendors with Woodstock-inspired wares for sale will be there, as will concession-style food for purchase in the kitchen behind the DCA’s main gallery. All proceeds will benefit the organization.

One raffle prize will be a stuffed white rabbit with a card autographed by Jefferson Airplane member Grace Slick, who wrote and sang the band’s most famous song, “White Rabbit,” performed at the original Woodstock in upstate New York. 

Another prize will be an autographed copy of Sally Mann Romano’s critically acclaimed book, “The Band’s With Me.” (Romano is Slick’s best friend.) Another prize: An autographed copy of Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen’s book, “Been So Long: My Life and Music.”

Those who attend the DCA screening are encouraged to bring for donation small, new-with-tags, white stuffed animals to be given to local hospitals and police departments to comfort sick or distressed children.

Screening the movie is just a part of Dunbar’s homage to Woodstock. Last year, her husband and sons honored her with a commemorative paver at Bethel Woods, a place that continues to inspire her.

“I love the music scene and the counterculture movement of the late 1960s,” she said. “Young people gathered in earnest to peacefully revolt against the social status quo of their era. They searched for inner self, unity, happiness and justice for all people. The iconic Woodstock festival exemplified their celebration of life love and music.”

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