In the summer of 1987, filmmaker Malcolm Leo sat down with Grateful Dead founding member and cultural hero Jerry Garcia.
The occasion was to record a few comments for Rolling Stone Magazine’s twentieth anniversary special, which Leo was producing and directing for ABC Television. It turned into so much more.
For more than two hours he responded to Leo’s questions from the bottom of his heart. At the height of his success and in the midst of his happiest days, Jerry Garcia opened his mind and revealed his soul. Captured on 16mm film by Russell Carpenter, the Cinematographer of Titanic, the interview presents Garcia discussing his life, music, family and friends. He is brilliant, charming, joyful and free. It’s Jerry Garcia as you have never seen him before.
JERRY: THE MOVIE is directed by celebrated Rock & Roll filmmaker Malcolm Leo, a critically acclaimed director and producer of feature films on Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys and Crosby, Stills & Nash. The team also includes producers John Hartman and Aaron Godfred and associate producer Gina Podley. We've been working on this documentary for some time and need your help in finishing it!
This film included never-before-seen footage, photographs, performances and even home concert footage from Deadheads like you.
We will be giving exclusive photo, video and email updates during production and post-production to all Kickstarter supporters.You will get to experience the moviemaking process as if you were sitting next to Malcolm in the edit suite.
We wanted to make this movie outside of the Hollywood system, free of their notes, politics and happy endings. So we asked ourselves, what would Jerry do? We posed the question to anybody who would listen and the answers were varied — sometimes brilliant, often funny and occasionally wild. Our conclusion: leave it in the hands of the Deadheads.
With your participation we will create the quintessential tribute to a man who embodied the time when heart mattered, compassion ruled and love prevailed.
Our current funding goal is $400,000 and this will go to licensing music, film and images and it’s expensive. The more backing we receive, the more awesome Jerry content we can include in this film. Just because we hit our goal doesn’t mean we can’t use more backing. Help us to make this movie as inclusive as it can be!
The Director, Malcolm Leo is one of the preeminent rock-and-roll filmmakers with over thirty years of writing, directing and producing experience. He has produced and directed films such as "This Is Elvis" for Warner Brothers, "It Came From Hollywood" for Paramount, "Beach Boys, An American Band" for Lionsgate, "Crosby Stills and Nash: Long Time Comin" for Rhino, "Will Rogers: A Look Back in Laughter" for HBO and "Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll." As founder of Malcolm Leo Productions, Malcolm is in possession of one of the largest collections of rock and roll audio and video recordings.
Producer, John Hartmann began his career at the William Morris Agency, later serving as liaison to Colonel Tom Parker the legendary manager of Elvis Presley. A veteran music agent, personal manager and record executive, Hartmann has provided career direction for such luminaries as Chad & Jeremy, Sonny & Cher, Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Canned Heat, Eagles, Peter, Paul & Mary, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, America, Poco, and many others. Hartmann promoted the first six Grateful Dead concerts in Los Angeles. Hartmann lectures in the School of Film & Television at Loyola Marymount University and was voted outstanding professor of the year for 2007, 2008 and 2009. He also teaches “The Insiders Guide to Music Management at UCLA.”
Producer, Aaron Godfred is a filmmaker with over ten years of producing and directing experience. His recent projects include: Co-producer and VFX Supervisor of "John Dies At The End," a horror film starring Paul Giamatti and Clancy Brown, directed by Don Coscarelli, which screened at 2012’s Sundance, SXSW, Toronto and AFI film festivals and Unit Production Manager for "Marvel One Shot: Item 47," a short film spinoff of "The Avengers." In 2009 Aaron made his feature directing debut with comedy "Little Blue Pill."
Associate Producer, Gina Podley is a graduate of the Recording Arts department at Loyola Marymount University. Her most recent projects include a documentary on Fleetwood Mac, in which she collaborated with director Molly McVie. The film includes performances from the band as well as interviews with John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. Gina just completed a documentary on 12th Planet, a rising DJ in the electronic dance music scene.
When the Kickstarter campaign is over we will send you an email so you can select your size and t-shirt color.
Making a movie is always an ambitious endeavor. The team behind JERRY: THE MOVIE has a combined lifetime's worth of experience making documentary and narrative film. We are working to procure footage, photos and other unseen media to bring you a documentary filled with never-before-seen content on Jerry Garcia. The licensing of footage, photos and music is a complicated and time-consuming process. We have a schedule and anticipate finishing the movie by September 2013 but there is always the chance it will take a little longer than we plan. We will under no circumstances, let this project linger unnecessarily long. We are professional filmmakers and this project will be our full-time job until it's finished and delivered into the hands of those who supported us on Kickstarter. We will be diligent about communicating with our supporters and sharing the creative process with you. What a long, strange trip it will be.
"CONCERT POSTER" an 11x17" archive quality print of the OFFICIAL JERRY: THE MOVIE KICKSTARTER POSTER. (THIS IS A STANDALONE OFFER AND DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY OF THE OTHER REWARDS. THIS IS ALSO NOT INCLUDED IN ANY OF THE OTHER REWARDS)
“SIGNED CONCERT POSTER” - an 11x17" archive quality print of the OFFICIAL JERRY: THE MOVIE KICKSTARTER POSTER signed by Director, Malcolm Leo. (THIS IS A STANDALONE OFFER AND DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY OF THE OTHER REWARDS. THIS IS HOWEVER INCLUDED IN ANY OF THE HIGHER PRICED PLEDGES)
“PARTY WITH THE BAND” - The above + DINNER FOR TWO with the filmmakers before one of the screenings in Los Angeles, New York or San Francisco, transportation not included. (Specify if you want a DVD or BLU-RAY)
"ROADIE" - The above + spend a day with Malcolm and the team in the Los Angeles edit suite. Sit in on editing decisions and creative discussions, join us for lunch and witness the inner workings of this production. Transportation not included.
"VIP" - The above + an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT in the film. This includes a visit to our production office and edit suite in Los Angeles. Transportation not included. This also includes 10 tickets to the screening in New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco, 5 T-shirts and 5 Posters to be received during the visit. (Specify if you want a DVD or BLU-RAY) This als