In the summer of 1987, renowned 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 Jerry 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 Academy Award © winning cinematographer of Titanic, the footage has remained in Leo's vault untouched for all these years. 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.
Meet the team
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, "Happy Days Reunion", for ABC (Highest rated retrospective special in TV history), 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.
The Producer, John Hartmann, began his professional career in the famous mailroom of the William Morris Agency. He later served as the Morris office liaison to Colonel Tom Parker, the legendary manager of Elvis Presley. A veteran agent, personal manager and record executive, Hartmann has provided career direction for such luminaries as Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Eagles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, America, and many others. John lectured for eight years at LMU, where he was voted professor of the year three times. He currently teaches “The Insiders Guide to Music Management" at UCLA. Hartmann is the author of "Samurai Rock - Building Bands in the Digital Age" a guide book for musicians and music industry entrepreneurs.
Phil Savenick has spent over forty years documenting the history of television, the movies studios, and popular music. He is a three-time Emmy nominee for producing Disney childrens programs, HBO Comedy specials, and editing clips for the Academy Awards. His film clip tributes have also appeared on many Emmy Awards broadcasts, as well as The Grammys, “The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame”, “Bob Hope's Specials”, “HBO's Comic Relief”, “100 Years of the Hollywood Western”, and dozens of others. His montage sequences were featured in the movie biographies “Elvis on Tour", "This is Elvis", “Imagine: John Lennon”, and the Grammy lifetime achievement for Paul McCartney. Phil received gold records for his music videos for Elton John, Billy Joel, and Tom Petty and many awards for Disney Sing-Along Songs, the most successful made-for-home-video series of the 20th Century.
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.