Jerry Garcia’s long and bizarre journey will be explored in an upcoming documentary.
RadicalMedia is teaming up with Jerry Garcia Family LLC and Red Light Management for the new Grateful Dead frontman-focused project. The boyfriend and collaborator of the late singer / guitarist Justin Kreutzmann will be the director.
Garcia died in 1995 at the age of 53 from a heart attack.
“We are delighted to move forward with this film dedicated to our father Jerry Garcia, who he was and what motivated his dedication to music,” said the late star’s daughter, Trixie Garcia, in a press release sent to Fox News.
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“Decades later, his influence is more powerful than ever,” said the 47-year-old. “Who better to illuminate Jerry Garcia’s musical journey than someone who grew up right in the middle of the Grateful Dead scene? Jerry loved Justin as one of his own and so do we. RadicalMedia is a very talented production company; together we intend to pay a true tribute to the man who continues to inspire millions of fans across the planet! Because music heals and we all want to spend some more time with Jerry. “
Garcia’s very first licensed documentary promises to be “an intimate look and definitive story of the Grateful Dead man, father, artist, husband, musician, friend and co-founder” . The filmmakers will open Garcia’s personal archives for the first time, as well as unpublished interviews with Garcia himself, as well as those close to him. Kreutzmann will also feature footage never seen before over the years, providing a “more intimate look”.
“Going through airports or killing time before a Grateful Dead gig, I could still hang out with Jerry,” Kreutzmann said. “When your dad is the drummer of a band, you always have only one dad … but you have a lot of uncles. It’s such a wonderful honor that Trixie and the Garcia family have given me. confidence to tell Jerry’s story. “
“When people ask me what I miss most about his absence, I think he’s just missing Jerry, the person,” he revealed. “People like him don’t come very often. It’s my dream to capture the feeling you get when you hang out with Jerry and listen to him play music. A lot of people have told the world what they think of. Jerry, but I want to show what Jerry thought of the world. “
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Kreutzmann, whose father is Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, previously produced Martin Scorsese’s 2017 documentary on the group titled “Long Strange Trip.” He also directed the award-winning 2018 film “Break On Thru: A Celebration of Ray Manzarek” and “I’ll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples” in 2015.
The Grateful Dead has been a hot topic in Hollywood recently. In November, Deadline reported that Jonah Hill will star in Scorsese’s untitled biopic on Garcia. The actor will also be the producer of the film through his production company Strong Baby.
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The publication further relayed, citing insiders close to the group, that the Grateful Dead and its management would also be involved in the preparation of the film for Apple and had granted full use of the group’s music catalog for the project.
“American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson” writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are set to write the screenplay, with LBI Entertainment’s Rick Yorn also joining Hill and Scorsese as producers.
In addition, the dead Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will serve as executive producers with the daughter of their late bandmate Trixie, as well as Eric Eisner and Bernie Cahill, shared the point of sale.
The film will see Hill, 37, collaborate again with Scorsese, 79, after the couple first connected in 2013’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which earned Hill his second Oscar nomination for the best supporting actor.
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Representatives for Hill and Scorsese did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Julius Young of Fox News contributed to this report.