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[Movies] Jerry Garcia Documentary In The Works
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.06.2012

Documentary filmmaker Malcolm Leo and personal manager John Hartmann are working together on a feature length documentary about The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia.

Leo will direct and produce along with Hartmann. The film will be built around a three hour conversation Leo had with Garcia in 1987, during the height of his success. which was shot on negative film with studio quality sound and lighting. Leo will also use never-before-seen performances, documentary footage and rare home movies.

Leo is no stranger to documentaries about musicians, as he did films on Elvis Presley, Crosby Stills & Nash, and The Beach Boys. Hartmann (brother of Phil Hartman) was a personal manager for Peter Paul & Mary, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Eagles, America, Poco, and more.

The two hope to have the documentary finished by the spring and are finalizing both financing and distribution. Jeff Silberman of Century City law firm King Holmes Paterno & Berliner is helping the two with this part of the process.

A short clip of the documentary was used by the San Francisco Giants for Jerry Garcia Day last summer, which 42,000 fans saw. The celebration of that clip was shot by co-producer Justin Kreutzmann and will also be in the new film. The producers were allowed to film Annabella Garcia, Jerry's oldest daughter throwing out the first pitch and Grateful Dead cover band Furthur singing the national anthem. The Guinness World Record-setting playing of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" by thousands of fans on kazoos was also recorded.

Garcia was a member of the band from 1965 until his death in 1995. The Grateful Dead also split up at that time after 30 years and 2,300 live performances.

Another Grateful Dead movie is in the works. It is being prepared by ICM who have access to the band's music catalog and will base a feature film with a narrative around them.


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