29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th – 16th July 2017
“Drawing from an incredible trove of stills, film footage, audio recordings, and rare live tracks—much of which has never been seen or heard—Bar-Lev’s fresh, formally inventive approach paints the picture of a distinctly American band exploring visions of Americana through music – Sundance Institute
The 30-year odyssey of the Grateful Dead was the most unlikely success story in rock ’n’ roll history. Famously averse to publicity and seemingly incapable of recording radio-friendly hits, they flouted music industry convention by giving their live music away to a global network of tape traders and becoming the highest-grossing concert act in America through word of mouth alone. With a soundtrack that captures some of the band’s most dynamic live performances as well as unguarded offstage moments and never-before-seen interviews, footage and photos, Long Strange Trip explores the Grateful Dead’s singular experiment in radically eclectic music making. Much more than the Behind the Music backstory of an exceptionally talented and beloved group of musicians, the film is at once an inspiring tale of unfettered artistic expression, a heartfelt American tragedy, and an incisive history of the rise and fall of 20th-century counterculture.
In association with Monroe’s Live, we present a very special evening of film, whiskey and food in the company of one of America’s greatest bands the Grateful Dead. Director Amir Bar-Lev will be on hand to answer everything you ever wanted to know about the Grateful Dead but were possibly too stoned to ask.
Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, True/False Film Festival, South by Southwest.
The director will attend
Director Amir Bar-Lev
Cast John Perry Barlow, Tom Constanten, Jerry Garcia & Donna Godchaux
Producers Ken Dornstein, Justin Kreutzmann, Alex Blavatnik, Nick Koskoff & Eric Eisner
Duration 241 minutes