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Let There Be Drums!

Updated: Sep 11, 2022

Justin Kreutzmann, Director

After the Grateful Dead’s final 50th anniversary shows in 2015, filmmaker Justin Kreutzmann (son of the Dead’s drummer, Bill Kreutzmann) realized that, for the first time, he and his dad could forge a relationship outside the shadow of the band. This inspired Justin to sit down with the world’s greatest drummers, in the hopes of better understanding both his father and the instrument that has defined his life. Along the way, Let There Be Drums! examines the personal struggles that so many of these musicians and their families have faced, the nature of how music passes from generation to generation, and the essential role that drumming plays in human life.

Released in 2022

Running time: 93 minutes

FHFF Film Category: Tales from the Heart

FHFF Film Sponsor: Friday Harbor Freight


Friday, October 21 - 7:15 PM

Sunday, October 23 - 1:15 PM


A Q&A with Director Justin Kreutzmann will begin directly following each screening.


On-Demand October 24 - 30 on with a recorded Q&A from the in-theatre screening.

photo: a still from LET THERE BE DRUMS!


Justin Kreutzmann was born to the world of art, music, and the highly creative if an unconventional world of the Rock 'n' Roll. In 1978, when Justin was eight, his father (Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann) gave him a Super-8 camera, and his path was set for life. Backstage at Dead concerts became Justin's sets, and the people, band, crew, family, and hangers-on, became his actors. Justin has worked on a number of high-profile projects with music legends such as Pete Townshend, The Who, Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead, U2, Motley Crue, The Doors, Perry Farrell, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Don Was, Lou Reed, John Mayer, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, Dr. John, Jimmy Fallen, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Dhani Harrison, Mike Campbell, Tom Petty, and Stone Temple Pilots.

Justin was executive producer on the feature film, The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir and is a producer, along with Martin Scorsese, on the Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip. Justin's film, Break On Thru: A Celebration Of Ray Manzarek And The Doors won Best Feature Film at the Asbury Park Music And Film Festival.


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