Grateful Dead Sunshine Daydream Coming To Theaters


On August 27, 1972 the Grateful Dead played a benefit for the The Springfield Creamery in Veneta, OR that became an instant classic in Deadlore. A film dubbed Sunshine Daydream was shot that day using four 16mm cameras and while the movie was never released, it has circulated in fan circles and been shown at film festivals. This summer, Sunshine Daydream will finally hit theaters nationwide.

Fathom Events is throwing their third annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up At The Movies on August 1 at 7:30 p.m. local time. As this year’s presentation, theaters across the country will air the entire two hour and 10 minute Sunshine Daydream.

Here’s a description of what to expect:

Experience the most requested performance of The Grateful Dead’s entire career; Sunshine Daydream! Shot on 16mm film on a blistering summer day in 1972 and painstakingly restored to glorious HD resolution, the previously unreleased feature captures the band at the height of their powers. More than a concert film; Sunshine Daydream is a time capsule from August 27, 1972 exploding with the colorful sights and sounds of the counterculture experience. Featuring never before seen footage of the day as well as original, recent interviews with the key participants of the time such as Merry Prankster Ken Babbs, tour manager Sam Cutler, peace activist Wavy Gravy, and Carolyn “Mountain Girl” Garcia among a host of adventuresome characters providing insight on the sense of community that made such a special day possible.

We’re excited to hear the film has been restored to “glorious HD resolution” and hope a DVD/Blu-Ray release will follow. Check out Fathom’s website to find out which theaters will be participating this year and to purchase tickets.

In the meantime, watch “China Cat Sunflower” from the new version of Sunshine Daydream: