In October of 2014 it was revealed director Amir Bar-Lev was working on a documentary about the Grateful Dead that was authorized by the band and included Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions among its executive producers. A report came out this afternoon from Roger Friedman’s Showbiz 411 that includes word the feature film will now be a four hour mini-series set to premiere this fall.
Friedman reports the still untitled documentary may be screened at the Toronto Film Festival. He also reports “the archival footage is said to be amazing” and that the series won’t include testimonials from outsiders instead focusing on “the essential Dead.”
When asked about the status of the film one year ago, 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.” Producer Eric Eisner added at the time, “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.”
Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will play a free show at The Fillmore in San Francisco tonight with Dead & Company.[Hat Tip – The Dead Blog]
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