CHATHAM, N.Y. - CHATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — This is the dawning of the age of director Ang Lee attending U.S. screenings of his upcoming movie "Taking Woodstock."

Lee and screenwriter/producer James Schamus are attending a benefit screening of the movie Thursday night in rural Columbia County, near where some scenes for the movie were filmed last year.

"Taking Woodstock" is based on a memoir by Elliot Tiber and chronicles the lead-up to the concert that drew half a million people to a farm in the Catskills.

The movie opens next month around Woodstock's 40th anniversary.

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The screening at the Crandell Theater is a fundraiser for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and The Chatham Film Club, which wants to buy the theater.

Lee and Schamus will attend another screening Aug. 8 in Woodstock.