Late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia will finally be the subject of a full-length documentary film. Director Malcom Leo is basing the biopic on a three hour interview he conducted with Garcia in 1987
Jerry Garcia, the late Grateful Dead guitarist, is in the process of receiving the life documentation process. Garcia, who was in the group from 1965 until his death in 1995, was interviewed by director Malcolm Leo in 1987, which the flick will be built around. Leo, who has made several feature-length documentaries has covered artists such as Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys, hopes to have the film ready by the spring along with co-producer John Hartmann.
According to Rolling Stone, the documentary will include footage from last summer's Jerry Garcia Day at AT&T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants) where a ceremony was conducted in Garcia's honor. The ritual included members of a Grateful Dead legacy band called Furthur singing ballgame cult classics such as the national anthem and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." The latter of which set a world record as it was backed up by 40,000 fans with kazoos.
The film, which will also include an interview with Garcia's oldest daughter, Annabelle, will strive to accurately portray the lead guitar legend's role as an idol among millions of Deadheads, as well as knowledgeable music connoisseurs reports Hispanically Speaking News.
Leo and Hartmann (brother of late comedian Phil Hartman) endured a lengthy, but worthwhile battle in order to obtain the rights, says Gothamist. This is not the first Jerry Garcia biopic to be announced, as another group announced biopic plans of their own regarding Garcia 2010. It would have been based on Robert Greenfield's oral biography, Dark Star.