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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #30: Mike Fleiss Takes a Wild Ride into the Life of The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir in ‘The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir’

Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #30: Mike Fleiss Takes a Wild Ride into the Life of The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir in 'The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir'

Rhythm guitarist Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead fame has had an exciting life to say the least, even for the likes of a rock star. The musician’s life has had so many notable moments that filmmaker Mike Fleiss had a difficult time pinpointing which areas to focus on in his film “The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir,” with the many faces of Weir (artist, rebel, family man) being exposed as profoundly as can be in a 90-minute documentary.

Tell us about yourself. I’m a producer and director in Los Angeles. I’m a reality TV veteran, having created “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” among other shows. I also produced the “Hostel” series of films as well as the fist two “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” remakes. My last documentary “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” premiered at Tribeca in 2011.

What was your biggest challenge in completing this project? Bob was really a trouper when it came to shooting the film. He was very cooperative and eager to help. So I can’t say we ran into great difficulties. If anything, the toughest part was winnowing down a 50-year career into a 90-minute film. It is such an amazingly rich career when you think about Bob’s life in the Dead, and then there’s his post-Dead life, which is already 20 years strong. So we had to make some tough decisions.

What camera did you shoot on? SONY HDR 5

What films have inspired you? “Jaws” is my favorite film of all time, and I’m also a big fan of “Network,” as well as great horror films of the 70’s.

Indiewire invited Tribeca Film Festival directors to tell us about
their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and
what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up
to the 2014 festival. Go HERE to read all the entries.

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