Netflix takes “long, strange trip” with Bob Weir doc

Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to Mike Fleiss' documentary about the Grateful Dead's co-founder, The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir (pictured), and set a May 22 premiere date.
April 10, 2015

Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to a documentary about the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.

The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir (pictured) will premiere on May 22 in all territories the streaming platform is available.

Directed by The Bachelor creator and filmmaker Mike Fleiss, the film chronicles the guitarist’s life and friendship with bandmate Jerry Garcia. It features archival footage, perofrmances and interviews with Weir, his bandmates, family and fans.

The Other One debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and went on to win the audience award at last year’s San Francisco International Film Festival.

Fleiss produced the doc alongside Marc Weingarten. Martin Hilton and Justin Kreutzmann exec produced.

The Netflix release coincides with the Grateful Dead’s final concerts, which will take place in Chicago in early July.

Other documentary programming set to premiere on Netflix this spring are the original, David Gelb-created series Chef’s Table and Liz Garbus‘ look at the life of musician Nina Simone What Happened, Miss Simone?, an acquisition.

Last month, Netflix signed a multi-year, first-look deal with Leonardo DiCaprio that will see the actor/producer develop feature docs and docuseries focused on environmental and conservation themes. DiCaprio will serve as a producer or executive producer for all projects launched through the partnership.

The VOD service also recently picked up worldwide rights to Ronna Gradus and Jill Bauer’s documentary look at the amateur porn industry, Hot Girls Wanted, following its premiere at Sundance in January.

Watch a trailer for the film below:

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