More than 25 years after the Grateful Dead’s last concert, interest in the iconic San Francisco band shows no signs of waning. For those curious about how a band with only one top-10 hit could exercise such an enduring appeal, a new documentary streaming on Vimeo offers a fresh look at why.
Directed by Bay Area filmmaker Lonnie Frazier, “Box of Rain” provides an affectionate, thoughtful view of the world Grateful Dead fans made. With an array of narrators, including well-known authorities such as writer Peter Conners as well as the director and her friends, the film presents a range of perspectives on the ways that fans of the band — nicknamed Deadheads — view their experience with the band , music and scene. The results cast a wide net, commenting on both well-known Deadhead practices like dance, dress and touring, as well as more sub rosa activities, such as drug use.