Directed by Gillian Grisman • 2000 • United States
Starring Jerry Garcia, David Grisman
Jerry Garcia was the leader of one of the most popular rock bands of all time, the Grateful Dead. Of the busy musician's numerous side projects, none lasted longer or was more creatively fruitful than his duo with mandolin player David Grisman, with whom he collaborated from the time they met in the midsixties until Garcia’s death in 1995. Their “musical friendship” is the subject of this compelling and touching documentary by Gillian Grisman, David Grisman’s daughter, who uses unreleased live recordings, concert footage, interviews, and home movies to explore and remember two great musicians and their love for acoustic “roots” music. The result reveals a personal side of Garcia unfamiliar to many of his fans, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at a unique partnership steeped in family, friendship, and doing what you love.