Grateful Dead Documentary in the Works With Martin Scorsese


In celebration of the band's 50th anniversary next year, the Grateful Dead have announced plans for a career-spanning retrospective documentary executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev

Bar-Lev has been highly regarded for his work covering the Penn State scandal in Happy Valley and the coverup of a U.S. Army ranger's death in Afghanistan in The Tillman Story, and is expected to offer a never-before-seen look at one of rock and roll's most fascinating and enduring bands. 

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"Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it. Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese. From The Last Waltz to George Harrison: Living In The Material World, from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones, he has made some of the greatest music documentaries ever with some of our favorite artists and we are honored to have him involved. The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them," said surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in a joint statement.

The currently untitled project will combine previously unreleased footage of the jam band, vintage interviews and various candid moments captured on film over the half century, as well as new conversations with Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh and Weir, and other Deadheads from around their unique universe. 

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Alex Blavatnik is financing the project through his AOMA Sunshine Films, with Eric Eisner, Nicholas Koskoff and Justin Kreutzmann producing. Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller and Rick Yorn will executive produce with Scorsese, and longtime Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux will act as the film's music supervisor. 

"The Grateful Dead were more than just a band. They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans. I'm very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved," said Scorsese in a statement.

"It's been ten years since I first set out to make a film about the Grateful Dead and I'm thrilled that it's finally happening," added Bar-Lev.