KW: Let,s talk a little about Taking Woodstock. I haven,t seen the movie yet. It,s based on the memoirs of a gay man. Did you keep in much of his childhood?
AL: No, I didn,t use much about how he grew up. That,s too long a story to tell. I started with his encounter with Woodstock. Honestly, I didn,t find a lot of his gay issues to be that fresh. My main interest was in seeing how he connected to Woodstock, the event, from his angle. We don,t get to see the stage. That,s sort of besides the point. I followed the lead of the book. If you take Woodstock to heart, that,s what happened to most of the people who attended, and to the world at large. Woodstock,s sort of an abstract idea that,s very inspiring. The film is a small family drama focusing on his experience just on the outskirts of the stage and the event. It,s probably a very good way to have a slice and taste of Woodstock. He,s gay and everything, and we deal with that, but only in so far as it pertains to Woodstock.