Help fund a new Jerry Garcia documentary

Written by Pete Mauch //

“Jerry: The Movie” is a feature-length documentary about legendary music icon Jerry Garcia directed by rock ‘n’ roll filmmaker Malcolm Leo. Leo’s credits include films on The Beach Boys, Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Rolling Stone documentary “Twenty Years of Rock & Roll.” One of Leo’s most famous pieces of work, “This is Elvis”, the seminal documentary on “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, has been considered by many critics as one of the top 10 music documentaries of all time.

The film is being built around a never-before-seen 1987 interview Leo filmed with Garcia at the height of his charm, brilliance and success. Drawing from this intimate interview as well as photographs, home movies and concert footage, Leo creates a singular portrait of an American icon who graced our lives through music, art and the counter-culture of the 60’s. Garcia opens up his heart and describes to you the things he believed in, valued and loved.

Also joining the Leo/Hartmann Productions’ team is producer Aaron Godfred (whose last film “John Dies at the End” screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, South by Southwest, Toronto, London and AFI film festivals), co-producer Justin Kreutzmann (son of Grateful Dead founding member Bill Kreutzmann) and associate producer Gina Podley.

We are funding the documentary on and are going to the one place where Garcia knew he could always find support: From Deadheads. We need as much help as we can get from fans like yourself.

Leo/Hartmann Productions has created an exciting Kickstarter rewards package that begins with having contributor’s names added to the list of supporters at for a simple pledge of only $1. Other rewards include T-shirts, posters, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, box sets, tickets to private screenings and all the way up to an “Associate Producer” credit on the film. The Kickstarter program launches today and runs through December 22nd.

Watch a video of the story behind the project here, and you can check out the Kickstarter page at For more information about “Jerry: The Movie”, please contact Aaron Godfred at or Gina Podley at

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