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Amazon takes Amir Bar-Lev’s “Long Strange Trip”

Amazon Studios, the production arm of the e-commerce and digital content giant, has acquired Emmy-winning director Amir Bar-Lev‘s Long Strange Trip ahead of its Sundance premiere on Jan. 23. Executive produced by Martin ...
January 18, 2017

Amazon Studios, the production arm of the e-commerce and digital content giant, has acquired Emmy-winning director Amir Bar-Lev‘s Long Strange Trip ahead of its Sundance premiere on Jan. 23.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the 239-minute film will premiere across Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and UK – with additional territories to be announced – on May 26 as a six-part docuseries.

Through never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews, the doc charts the 30-year career of seminal American avant-garde rock band the Grateful Dead by probing the creative forces, subversive ambitions and interpersonal dynamics.

Executive producers are Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Rick Yorn, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Thomas J. Mangan IV, and Alicia Sams.

Producers on the film include Eric Eisner, Nick Koskoff, and Alex Blavatnik, who also financed the project, as well as Ken Dornstein and Justin Kreutzmann.

The deal was negotiated by WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.

“The story of the Grateful Dead is that of music and culture of the 20th Century,” said Joe Lewis, head of comedy and drama at Amazon Studios, in a statement. “Told with vast scope and an unprecedented cast of real life characters, Amir has taken advantage of this larger than life canvas to make an era-defining musical portrait that we can’t wait to bring to audiences everywhere.”

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

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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