Speakers, Panelists, and Other Guests!
"PSYCHEDELIA" Film Screening and Q&A with Director Pat Murphy
Pre-Party: Friday April 16th at 6:00 - 7:30pm (MST)
Free Zoom Access (no registration necessary): https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/4204196969
(this link is a special ID for the film; the Zoom ID you received with your registration will apply to all of the Saturday sessions)
Synopsis: PSYCHEDELIA is an hour-long documentary film about psychedelic drugs and their ability to induce mystical and religious experiences. The film chronicles their use in controlled research studies prior to the cultural upheaval of the 1960s, when LSD was regarded as a promising medical breakthrough, as well as their recent re-emergence in psychiatry.
Featuring leading experts in the field of psychedelic research, the film tells the story of medical professionals who have re-introduced these compounds into a legal and growing field of study. First-person accounts from a study on end-of-life anxiety explore the profound, life-altering insights psychedelics induce in participants and what these insights might mean for society at large.
Filmmaker Statement: This project began several years ago while I was a student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. At the time, I heard about a study using psilocybin to ease existential distress among people who were diagnosed with cancer and struggling with facing the end of life. As a self-taught student of the 1960s, reader of Timothy Leary, and fan of the Grateful Dead I was both mystified and intrigued by this institutional use of psychedelics.
Today we are in the so-called “psychedelic renaissance,” much of which gained momentum while I was making this film. By getting in early, I was lucky enough to gain access to characters and stories that are now difficult to capture. It was a labor of love for many years, and I’m thrilled to finally share it with audiences around the world.