Dying to Know: Take the Trip of Your Life!
“A cosmic buddy film” in the words of director Gay Dillingham, Dying to Know is an intimate portrait celebrating Timothy Leary and Ram Dass, two very complex, controversial characters and their epic friendship that shaped a generation. It’s a tale of taboos revolving around sex, drugs and death featuring these countercultural companions as they explore the realms of consciousness.
In addition to seeing the film, you can read more about those early years of psychedelic exploration in Birth of a Psychedelic Culture in which Ram Dass wrote with Ralph Metzner about their personal experiences and experiments.
And see what what Ram Dass has to say in a round table discussion of prominent Buddhist thinkers in Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics.
Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World
Both a mesmerizing introduction to Giger’s oeuvre and a must-see for Giger devotees, Belinda Sallin’s definitive documentary Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World shares the intimate last years of the artist’s life and reveals how deeply he resided within his own artistic visions.
Where others flee, he makes his home. What others dread, he makes his habitat. What others fight to suppress, he drags back to the surface. Throughout his life, H.R. Giger inhabited the world of the uncanny: a dark universe on the brink of many an abyss.
Giger did not create this world because he held it dear, but rather because he had no choice. Art was the only way that this amiable, modest and humorous man was able to keep his fears in check. Giger was merely the bearer of dark messages, charting our nightmares, drafting maps of our subconscious and moulding our primal fears.
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