For Deadheads, the words “four-hour Grateful Dead documentary” will generate a level of excitement second only to the first notes of “Bertha” at the Greek Theater. Directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and produced by Martin Scorsese, this spellbinding epic captures the Dead’s wild, multi-decade journey from scruffy local hippies to the biggest band in the universe. The film’s thoughtful, thorough exploration of a great American rock group will make you laugh, cry, and feel that magic Dead energy from the opening frame.
Featuring never-before-seen concert footage and illuminating interviews with band members, Long Strange Trip captures the spirit of an eclectic ensemble who embraced freedom and fun above all else. Director Bar-Lev adds the colorful voices of roadies, recording engineers, tour managers, fans, and friends to paint a vivid, vibrant, and occasionally dire picture of groundbreaking artists searching for connection, meaning, and light in the strangest of places. Director: Amir Bar-Lev. (US 2017) 238 min. (includes 20 minute intermission)