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The Dark Side of the Grateful Dead: Inside the New Doc 'Long Strange Trip'

10 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

For Mickey Hart, watching the upcoming grateful dead documentary Long Strange Trip was both moving and unsettling. "It's charming and it's heartfelt," says the drummer. "But it's sad in some ways. It's not a date movie. I wouldn't take my wife to see it."

The four-hour film (which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and will hit select theaters on May 26th; it begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video starting June 2nd) is the first comprehensive documentary to tell the story of the Dead. Directed by Amir Bar-Lev »

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Film Review: ‘Long Strange Trip’

17 March 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Long Strange Trip” is a movie that every Deadhead in the kozmic universe will want to see, and with good reason: At three hours and 58 minutes, it has the sprawl and generosity of a good Dead show, yet there’s nothing indulgent about it — it’s an ardent piece of documentary classicism. The film counts Martin Scorsese among its executive producers, and it was directed by Amir Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story”), who works with the historical meticulousness a subject like this one deserves. Bar-Lev, who grew up in the Bay Area, uses the long-form running time to digress where he sees fit, but mostly he stays hooked to the center of his subject: how the Grateful Dead, after rising to prominence as an electric jam band in the late ’60s — the hippie minstrels of the Haight-Ashbury circus — took on a wriggling, effusive identity of their own that could be shaped »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Amazon Video Direct: Here’s What the Deal Really Means for Sundance Filmmakers

18 January 2017 3:04 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon has announced a special distribution deal exclusively for Sundance filmmakers, but weighing the pros and cons can be tricky. As a new feature of Amazon Video Direct, the video distribution service launched last May, Amazon is offering all official Sundance selections a one-time cash bonus and increased royalty rates for filmmakers who hand over worldwide streaming VOD rights to their films for 24 months, with the first 12 months exclusive to Amazon.

Under the program, which is called Film Festival Stars, Sundance’s U.S. Premieres and U.S. Dramatic Competition films are eligible to receive $100,000 for their rights, while U.S. Documentary Premieres and U.S. Documentary Competition films will receive $75,000. Films in the World Dramatic, World Documentaries, Next, Spotlight, Kids, Midnight, and New Frontier sections would receive $25,000. The royalty rates offer 30 cents per hour for movies viewed in the U.S. and 12 cents per hour for movies viewed internationally, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Newswire: Amazon takes a Long Strange Trip towards distributing Grateful Dead documentary

18 January 2017 12:16 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Four-hours might seem like a long running time for documentary about a rock band, unless that band is the Grateful Dead—unnecessarily drawn-out is kind of its brand. Jerry Garcia & Co. logged performances of “Darkstar” back in the early ‘70s that went on practically that long. With that in mind, Amazon Studios probably knew what it was doing when it picked up Long Strange Trip, the new film from documentarian Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story)

“I first reached out to the Grateful Dead about this film back in 2003,” the filmmaker said via press release. “Since then, everyone who has come aboard has treated this project with a renegade spirit of cooperation and ingenuity worthy of the subject matter.”

One of those people on board the project is another filmmaker known for blurring the line between music and cinema. Martin Scorsese—who dabbled in rock documentary with The Last ...

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- Dennis DiClaudio

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Amazon picks up Grateful Dead documentary

18 January 2017 8:54 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Martin Scorsese is an executive producer on the four-hour documentary.

Amazon studios has acquired Sundance premiere Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary about American rock band The Grateful Dead.

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the doc follows the band across a 30-year period as they experiment with music genres and eschew pop cliché.

The film will debut on Amazon Prime Video in the Us and UK in May as a six-part documentary, with additional territories to be announced at a later date.

Long Strange Trip was produced by Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff and Alex Bavatnik, who also financed the project. Additional producers included Ken Dornstein and Justin Kreutzmann. Exec producers in addition to Scorsese were Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Rick Yorn, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Thomas J. Mangan IV, and Alicia Sams.

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Amazon picks up The Grateful Dead documentary

18 January 2017 8:54 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Martin Scorsese is an executive producer on the four-hour documentary.

Amazon studios has acquired Sundance premiere Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary about American rock band The Grateful Dead.

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the doc follows the band across a 30-year period as they experiment with music genres and eschew pop cliché.

The film will debut on Amazon Prime Video in the Us and UK in May as a six-part documentary, with additional territories to be announced at a later date.

Long Strange Trip was produced by Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff and Alex Bavatnik, who also financed the project. Additional producers included Ken Dornstein and Justin Kreutzmann. Exec producers in addition to Scorsese were Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Rick Yorn, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Thomas J. Mangan IV, and Alicia Sams.

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Grateful Dead Documentary ‘Long Strange Trip’ Bought by Amazon

18 January 2017 7:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon Studios has acquired Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” and plans to debut the film on May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and U.K.

Amazon made the announcement Wednesday ahead of the world premiere of “Long Strange Trip” at the Sundance Film Festival. Band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir will be in attendance, as well as Trixie Garcia, daughter of the band’s founder and lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.

Weir said, “Over several decades a group of guys hung together making music in a group that was way tighter and lasted much longer than most marriages. Here’s the movie…”

Hart added, “Stranger than fiction — a user’s guide for an impossible journey.”

The documentary, directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, has been in the works since 2003 when Bar-Lev first reached out to band members. Bar-Lev’s credits »

- Dave McNary

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Grateful Dead Sundance Documentary ‘Long Strange Trip’ Acquired By Amazon

18 January 2017 6:57 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ahead of its world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, Amazon Studios has acquired Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary about the Grateful Dead from director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive producer Martin Scorsese (Silence). Long Strange Trip will debut May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and UK as a six part documentary, with additional territories to be announced. With never-before-seen footage and candid interviews, the docu… »

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Sundance 2017: Amazon Picks Up Grateful Dead Doc ‘Long Strange Trip’

18 January 2017 6:46 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon Studios has acquired “Long Strange Trip,” the four hour documentary about the Grateful Dead playing in the Documentary Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by Amir Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story”) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Read More: Sundance 2017: Netflix, Vertical Acquire ‘Berlin Syndrome’

“I’ve always admired the spirit and creativity of the Grateful Dead,” Scorsese said in a statement. “They are revolutionary artists who forever changed the world of touring and recording live music. They were a cultural force—a lifestyle, that continue to influence new generations of fans. This film will entertain and educate audiences about one of the most innovative and groundbreaking American bands of the 20th century.”

Amazon will release the movie on May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and UK as a six-part documentary. Band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir, as »

- Graham Winfrey

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