Amazon snags Scorsese-produced Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip
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Deadheads, listen up: Long Strange Trip, a four-hour Grateful Dead documentary from director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive producer Martin Scorsese (Silence), is headed to Amazon.
The company announced Wednesday that they’d acquired the six-part, career-spanning look into the legendary jam band, and are set to debut the film on Amazon Prime Video May 26 after its upcoming premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the Grateful Dead,” Scorsese said in a statement. “They are revolutionary artists who forever changed the world of touring and recording live music. They were a cultural force — a lifestyle, that continue to influence new generations of fans. This film will entertain and educate audiences about one of the most innovative and groundbreaking American bands of the 20th century.”
Long Strange Trip will feature candid interviews with the band, road crew, family members, and notable Deadheads, as it documents the publicity-averse rockers’ rise to fame, from their Bay Area beginnings to their significant influence on the psychedelic subculture surrounding them. It’ll also give poignant insight into the mind of late lead guitarist Jerry Garcia against a backdrop of some of the band’s best live performances and never-before-seen footage and photos.
“Stranger than fiction — a user’s guide for an impossible journey,” former drummer Mickey Hart said of the film in a statement.
Founding member Bob Weir also commented on the film and described his bond with his fellow bandmates as “way tighter” and lasting “much longer than most marriages.”
Long Strange Trip is produced by Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff, and Alex Blavatnik. In addition to Scorsese, the film’s executive producers are Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Rick Yorn, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Thomas J. Mangan IV, and Alicia Sams.
The film will be available for streaming both in the U.S. and the UK. on May 26 on Amazon Prime Video.
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