Jerry Garcia Documentary: Kickstarter Campaign


“What would Jerry do?” That’s the question producers Malcolm Leo and John Hartmann asked themselves throughout their discussions with Jerry Garcia‘s family about their impending documentary on the rock icon. The answer was loud and clear. If Jerry were to seek financing for this film, he would go to the one place where he could always find support: the Deadheads. When the producers announced the project earlier this year, they were met with an outpouring of interest from fans who wanted to participate in the project. That’s where comes in.

Leo, whose work includes films on Elvis, The Beach Boys and Crosby, Stills & Nash will direct the feature length documentary. His award winning movie “This is Elvis” is considered the quintessential history of the king of Rock & Roll and is revered by many as one of the top ten music documentaries of all time.

Jerry The Movie is being built around a never-before-seen 1987 interview Leo filmed with Garcia at the height of his charm, brilliance and success. Drawing from this intimate interview as well as photographs, home movies and concert footage, Leo is creating a singular portrait of an American Icon who graced our lives through music, art and the counter-culture of the sixties. Jerry opens up his heart and describes to you the things he believed in, valued and loved.

Also joining the Leo/Hartmann Productions team is Producer Aaron Godfred, whose last film “John Dies At The End” screened at this year’s Sundance, SXSW, Toronto, London and AFI film festivals, co- producer Justin Kreutzmann, son of Grateful Dead founding member, Bill Kreutzmann and associate producer Gina Podley.

Leo/Hartmann Productions has created an exciting Kickstarter rewards package that begins with having one’s name added to the list of supporters at, for a pledge of $1. Other rewards provide t-shirts, posters, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, box-sets, and tickets to private screenings, all the way up to an “Associate Producer” credit. The Kickstarter program launched on November 8th and runs through December 22.