A new film focusing on the long, strange trip that was the life of late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia is in the works from veteran rock-music documentarian Malcolm Leo. Jerry: The Movie will feature a previously unseen 1987 interview that the director conducted with Garcia, as well as concert performances, rare photos and home movies, and new conversations with friends and associates of the legendary musician.
Recalling his interview with Garcia, Leo notes, “We talked about his childhood; his influences; his city, San Francisco; his music; and what made him tick…The documentary will be Jerry Garcia’s story told in his own words.”
Garcia’s family has given Leo and his team full access to their archives for the project. However, the filmmakers still are in need of funding to complete the documentary, and have launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes that Deadheads will donate money to help them finish the flick. Their goal is to raise $400,000. As thanks, fans pledging funds will receive various goodies depending on how much they contribute. Among the items offered are T-shirts, posters, a CD of the film’s soundtrack and a Jerry: The Movie DVD.
Donations will be accepted via Kickstarter until December 23. The filmmakers are planning to complete the movie by September 2013.
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