Jerry Garcia, the San Francisco-born guitarist of the Grateful Dead, will be the subject of a new feature-length documentary film released this spring, according to a report today in Deadline Hollywood.
Spearheading the project are music documentary producer Malcom Leo (This Is Elvis, The Beach Boys: An American Band), and John Hartmann, brother of the late comedian Phil Hartmann, who managed Cosby, Still, and Nash, the Eagles, and Peter, Paul, and Mary, among other bands. Leo and Hartmann already produced a film clip about Garcia shown at AT&T Park last summer for the SF Giants' Jerry Garcia Day; footage from that event will be included in the new film.
The centerpiece of the Garcia doc will be a three-hour interview Leo conducted with Garcia in 1987, with rare footage of live performances, home movies, and documentary footage blended in. Considering the caliber of this project's leaders -- as well as the unflagging public enthusiasm for all things Dead nearly 20 years after Garcia's passing -- we'd be quite surprised if it wasn't a success.