A new Grateful Dead fan documentary, Box of Rain, has been released on various online streaming platforms, including Fire TV, Android, iOS, Apple TV, Roku, Samsung TVs, LG TVs and Plex. The film was produced and directed by San Francisco filmmaker Lonnie Frazier, who tells the story of a life-changing road trip that occurred in 1985, and the Grateful Dead community that uplifted her in a time of desperate need.
Box of Rain recounts Frazier’s agonizing experience at the age of 17, which pushed the young woman into a state of suicidal contemplation amid a path of self-destruction and chaos after a scarring incident in her hometown. However, Frazier’s condition took a positive turn when a pal invited her on a weekend getaway at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., to see the Grateful Dead. The result of the concerts was a life-altering shift that gave Frazier a much-needed sense of community and resilience to keep moving forward.
Frazier’s film is steeped in the healing power of music and explores the unique kinship of Deadheads while emphasizing the importance of friendship. All the while following the filmmaker’s experience in the eighties, which extends to modern times with the director returning to the fabled Colorado venue. Along the way, the film recounts stories and shares interviews that debunk common stereotypes about followers of the Grateful Dead community. In turn, Box of Rain focuses on the shared harmony of misfits in search of support and kinship.
In addition to news of the updated streaming options, the writer and director, Frazier, spoke with the folks behind the No Simple Road podcast to discuss her film venture. To stream the interview, visit this link.
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For more information about the film, visit boxofrainfilm.com. Watch the trailer below.