RadicalMedia ties up with Jerry Garcia Family LLC and Red Light Management for new project
Jerry Garcia’s long, strange journey will be explored in an upcoming documentary.
RadicalMedia is collaborating with Jerry Garcia Family LLC and Red Light Management for a new project focused on the Grateful Dead frontman. Justin Kreutzmann, a friend and collaborator of the late singer/guitarist, will serve as a director.
Garcia died of a heart attack in 1995 at the age of 53.
“We are excited to move forward with this film dedicated to our father, Jerry Garcia, who he was and who inspired his dedication to music,” Trixie Garcia, the late star’s daughter, said in a statement to Granthshala News.
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“Decades later and its impact is more powerful than ever,” shared the 47-year-old. “Who better to light up Jerry Garcia’s musical journey as he grew up right in the middle of the Grateful Dead scene? Jerry loved Justin like his own and so do we. RadicalMedia is a seriously talented production company Together we intend to pay a fitting tribute to the man who continues to inspire millions of fans around the world! Because music heals and we all just want a little more time with Jerry.”
The first-ever authorized Garcia documentary promises to be “an intimate look and definitive story of man, father, artist, husband, musician, friend and co-founder of the Grateful Dead.” The filmmakers will open Garcia’s personal archives for the first time, as well as feature never-before-heard interviews with Garcia himself as well as those closest to him. Kretzmann will also highlight never-before-seen footage from years ago, providing a more “intimate look.”
“Going through airports or killing time before a Grateful Dead gig I could always hang out with Jerry,” Kretzmann said. “When your dad plays the drummer in a band, you still only have one dad… but you have so many uncles. It’s such an amazing honor that the Trixie and the Garcia family owe it to me to tell Jerry’s story. That’s the belief.”
“When people ask what I miss the most about not being around him, I think it’s just missing Jerry, the person,” he revealed. “People like him don’t come around very often. It’s my dream to capture what you felt when you walked around with Jerry and heard him play music. A lot of people have told the world they know about Jerry. What I think, but I want to show what Jerry thinks about the world.”
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Kretzmann, whose father is Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kretzmann, previously worked as a producer on Martin Scorsese’s 2017 documentary about the band titled “Long Strange Trip”. He also directed the award-winning 2018 film “Break On Through: A Celebration of Ray Manzarek” and 2015’s “I’ll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples”.
The Grateful Dead has been a hot topic in Hollywood lately. in November, time limit reported that Jonah Hill would star in Scorsese’s untitled biopic on Garcia. The actor will also serve as a producer for the film through his production company Strong Baby.
The publication further reported, citing insiders close to the band, that the Grateful Dead and its management would also participate in putting the film together for Apple and have allowed full use of the band’s music catalog for the project.
“American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson” writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are set to pen the script, with LBI Entertainment’s Rick Yorn also joining Hill and Scorsese as producers.
In addition, The Dead’s Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kretzman will serve as executive producers, along with their late bandmate’s daughter Trixie, as well as Eric Eisner and Bernie Cahill, the shared outlet.
The film will see Hill, 37, collaborating with 79-year-old Scorsese when the pair were first linked with 2013’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which earned Hill his second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
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Reps for Hill and Scorsese did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Granthshala News.
Granthshala News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.