Festival (1967 film)

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Festival! (1967 film poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster with Donovan and Joan Baez
Directed byMurray Lerner
Written byMurray Lerner
Produced byMurray Lerner [1]
CinematographyMurray Lerner
Stanley Meredith
Francis Grumman
George Pickow
Edited byHoward Alk
Patchke Productions
Distributed byPeppercorn-Wormser
Release date
December 5, 1967 (1967-12-05)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States

Festival (stylized as Festival!) is a 1967 American documentary film about the Newport Folk Festival, written, produced, and directed by Murray Lerner.


Though the movie was subtitled "Folk Music at Newport 1963–1966," it was filmed over the course of three festivals at Newport (1963-1965)[2] and also features Bob Dylan's controversial 1965 electric set at Newport.


Roger Ebert gave the film 3+12 out of four stars. His highest praise was for the editors, explaining, "They make their points quietly, with humor and understatement. The result is marvelously entertaining." He also gave credit to Lerner for making "full use of the strength of documentary film, the ability to catch unrehearsed moments that reveal personality."[3]


Festival was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1968.[4]


The film features appearances by the following artists:[5][6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Documentary Oscars® in 1968
  2. ^ Liner notes of the 2005 DVD release of Festival! says, "Murray filmed three years at Newport, 1963, 1964 and 1965."
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Festival" (film review), RogerEbert.com, Tuesday, May 21, 1968. Retrieved November 8, 2021
  4. ^ 1968|Oscars.org|Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  5. ^ Cowie, Peter; Elley, Derek (1977). Cowie, Peter (ed.). World Filmography: 1967. Vol. 1. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. p. 572. ISBN 9780498015656.
  6. ^ "Festival!: Newport Folk Festival (DVD)". allmusic.com. AllMusic. 1967. Retrieved November 7, 2021.
  7. ^ "Festival (1967)". imdb.com. IMDb. 1967. Retrieved November 7, 2021.

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