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The Magic Trip

United States 2011, 107 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

In 1964 author Ken Kesey (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest) crossed the country in a painted bus with friends, in one of the earliest experiments with hallucinogenic drugs. Kesey and his friends documented their trip intending to make a film that would capture the psychedelic spirit of the time, but for obvious reasons, the task was never completed. About 50 years later, Oscar winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, 2007) and Alison Ellwood edited the materials, adding contemporary interviews. Through hallucinatory skinny-dipping, run-ins with the law, and encounters with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary, The Magic Trip captures a moment in American history when the demand for freedom was nourished by LSD and innocence.

The Magic Trip website

Directors & Script: Alex Gibney, Alison Ellwood
Production: Alex Gibney, Alexandra Johnes, Will Clarke
Production Company: History Films
Editing: Alison Ellwood
Music: David Kahne
Print Source: Fortissimo Films (info@fortissimo.nl)Director CV
  • Fri 4/5 22:00, Cinemateque 3
  • Tue 8/5 22:30, Cinemateque 3
Alex Gibney directed the 2008 Oscar-winning film TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE and the 2006 Oscar-nominated film ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM. Other credits as director include Magnolia Pictures’ releases CASINO JACK AND THE UNITED STATES OF MONEY and GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON. His credits as producer include NO END IN SIGHT (Executive Producer), HERBIE HANCOCK: POSSIBILITIES (Producer) and WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? (Consulting Producer). This past fall, Gibney’s MY TRIP TO AL-QAEDA premiered on HBO, his Magnolia Release, CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER premiered at Toronto, and PURE CORRUPTION, his segment in FREAKONOMICS was part of the omnibus feature documentary’s nationwide theatrical release.
Filmography
2010 FREAKONOMICS
2010 MY TRIP TO AL-QAIDA
2008 GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON
2007 TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE
2006 TIME PIECE
2005 ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM

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