New York's Greenwich Village music scene in the 1960s and 1970s was instrumental in the evolution of modern music: it was a vibrant avenue for artists to express issues that mattered at the times, including free speech, civil rights, and love.

Artists and common folk could gather together and protest, sing, unite, and generally help lay out the blueprint of social action that is still felt today.

A new documentary entitled Greenwich Village: Music that Defined a Scene highlights this impactful time in American cultural history, with an emphasis on on-screen interviews with many of the artists who took part and rose to fame in the area.

Some of the musicians interviewed in the film include Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Eric Andersen, Steve Earle, Pete Seeger and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas.

Here's the official trailer for the film, which hasn't been released yet but should be in the next few months. This really looks pretty awesome.

Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation from Greenwich on Vimeo.

For more on the film, read an article from Back Page Magazine, featuring an interview with director Laura Archibald and lots of details about the movie.