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Nonfiction spotlight: My Generation

Woodstock and its 1990s sequels were major events for more than one era of Americans. Documenting the changes from the original 1969 classic to the commercial festivals of ’94 and ’99 is “My Generation,” screening at the American Film Market.

“It’s about kids coming together to listen to music they love, doing things they’ve never done before in their lives — rebelling — and being among like-minded people,” says writer-co-director Barbara Kopple, winner of two documentary Oscars.

The film compares and contrasts the festivals’ music, from Jimi Hendrix in ’69 to 1999’s Limp Bizkit. Joe Cocker and Santana are seen during their 1969 performances and during Woodstock 1994, also when Janice Joplin’s “Try” got an encore by Melissa Etheridge. Other performers include Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Who, DMX and Green Day.

Footage ranges from corporate boardroom discussions to backstage drama, and includes moments with performers, attendees and Michael Lang, promoter of all three Woodstock festivals.

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