From April 8 to 10, Asbury Park will host The Asbury Park Music In Film Festival. One of the events being held as part of the festival will include a preview of an authorized feature documentary about the Grateful Dead that includes Martin Scorsese among its executive producers.
Though no footage from the documentary will be shown, the preview will include a panel discussion on the upcoming film as per the Asbury Park Press. Producers Eric Eisner and Justin Kreutzmann are expected to take part in the discussion according to a listing on Ticketmaster. Gillian Grisman’s 2000 documentary Grateful Dawg about the friendship between David Grisman and Jerry Garcia will be screened at the all ages event which will take place at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre on the afternoon of Saturday, April 9.
When word of the Grateful Dead documentary was first revealed in October of 2014, the movie was expected to be released last year in time to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. When asked about the status of the film last May, co-producer Justin Kreutzmann told the Press Democrat, “It will come out when it’s ready. It would be nice to hit the 50th anniversary, but making a better film is more important than trying to capitalize on the hype around that. We’re still editing. There’s so much great material, as you can imagine, to go through.” Eisner added, “Our film is not a celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary. It’s a celebration of the band as a whole. We hope our movie exists for many years as a legacy piece, so we have no problem waiting until all the festivities of the 50th have passed somewhat.”
[Ed. Note: This article has been updated to clarify that there will be no footage of the documentary shown at the preview in April.]
[Hat Tip – @TheDeadBlog]