Announcing the First Ever Authorized Jerry Garcia Documentary
December 8, 2021
The Jerry Garcia Family is excited to announce its partnership with RadicalMedia on a feature documentary cataloging the life and legacy of Jerry Garcia to be directed by Garcia’s longtime collaborator, Justin Kreutzmann. In addition to being a life-long Garcia family friend and the son of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, Justin was a producer on Martin Scorsese’s Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead and also directed the award-winning The Doors Break on Thru: A Celebration of Ray Manzarek.
Opening up the Jerry Garcia personal archives for the very first time, the documentary will be an intimate look and the definitive story of the man, the father, artist, husband, musician, friend, and co-founder of the Grateful Dead. Through this very personal portrait, Kreutzmann shares never-before-heard interviews with Garcia and those closest to him, as well as never-before-seen footage he filmed over years of time with Garcia. Within this tale, we will better understand and reflect upon how at a time of unrest, hope, and change, this unassuming troubadour not only inspired and galvanized a compassionate movement but also had a seismic impact in shifting American culture for years to come.
Trixie Garcia, Executive Producer, daughter:
“We are ecstatic to be moving forward with this film dedicated to our father Jerry Garcia, who he was and what drove his dedication to music. Decades later and his influence is more powerful than ever. Who better to illuminate the musical journey of Jerry Garcia than someone who grew up right in the middle of the Grateful Dead scene? Jerry loved Justin like one of his own and so do we. RadicalMedia is a seriously talented production company; together we intend to pay proper homage to the man who continues to inspire millions of fans around the planet! Because music heals and we all want just a little more time with Jerry.”
Justin Kreutzmann, director:
“Going through airports or killing time before a Grateful Dead gig I could always hang with Jerry. When your Dad’s the drummer in a band you still only have one dad…but you have a lot of uncles. It’s such a wonderful honor that Trixie and the Garcia family have put that same faith in me to tell Jerry’s story. When people ask what I miss most about him not being around, I think it’s just missing Jerry, the person. People like him don’t come around very often. It’s my dream to capture the feeling you got when you hung out with Jerry and listened to him play music. A lot of people have told the world what they thought of Jerry, but I want to show what Jerry thought of the world.”