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

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Directed byMurray Lerner
Produced byMurray Lerner [1]
Written byMurray Lerner
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

Filmed over the course of three festivals at Newport (1963-1965),[2] the film features performances by Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Howlin' Wolf, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Spider John Koerner, Theodore Bikel, Hobart Smith, the Osborne Brothers, The Staple Singers, Mimi and Richard Fariña, Donovan, Sacred Harp Singers, Georgia Sea Island Singers, Mike Bloomfield, Judy Collins, Ronnie Gilbert, Moving Star Hall Singers, Blue Ridge Mountain Dancers, and many others.

It also features the infamous 1965 set by Bob Dylan at Newport. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. [3]

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  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. ^ 1968||Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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