Friday, April 12, 2024

Exclusive: Grateful Dead Documentary is Now a Four Hour Mini-Series Set for Fall Reveal


As Grateful Dead fans know, their songs– their live jams– can be very, very long. Their rare standard hit– like “Truckin”– was edited to radio length.

So we shouldn’t be surprised that the official Dead documentary, announced two years ago, has expanded its boundaries.

Still untitled, I’m told the film directed by Amir Bar Lev is now a four hour  mini series. We may be seeing it at the Toronto Film Festival.

Originally intended as a modest project, the Dead film grew and grew like a good jam. Now everyone who was ever attached to the group has been included, all the members and families and musicians. The archival footage is said to be amazing.

One thing we won’t see is testimonials from outsiders, not even Phish or Dave Matthews or even Bob Dylan. It’s just going to be the essential Dead, which should please fans and purists.

Eric Eisner, Nicholas Koskoff and Justin Kreutzmann are the main producers. Martin Scorsese’s  Sikelia Productions is executive producer.

More to come..


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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