In July 2010, director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) announced that a biopic on iconic Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia was in the works. However, the film was almost immediately put on the back burner due to stalled negotiations with Garcia’s estate. While that flick remains in developmental limbo, music documentary filmmaker Malcolm Leo (This Is Elvis, The Beach Boys: An American Band) and Garcia’s personal manager John Hartmann have announced a forthcoming feature-length documentary on Garcia’s life and times, as Deadline points out.
Leo will direct the film and also produce alongside Hartmann. The plan for the doc is to base it around a three-hour conversation Leo held with Garcia back in 1987. Footage from that will be combined with never-before-seen performances, documentary footage, and rare home movies to create the final project. In addition, the film will feature clips from last August’s Jerry Garcia Day at AT&T Park, where 42,000 San Francisco Giants fans took part in a massive Garcia-related celebration. The duo of Leo and Hartmann are currently working on financing the film in hopes of having it ready to hit the film festival circuit this spring.
Below, check out a June 1994 performance by the Grateful Dead of “Peggy-O”.
Grateful Dead – “Peggy-O”: