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Director Gay Dillingham explores an iconic history of personal, professional and collective struggles and updates it for future generations. Her lucid and intimate portrait of the life and times of Timothy Leary and Ram Dass ultimately begs a new conversation around their contributions to the science of the mind and the heart. Dying To Know examines their seminal work as individuals and together as potentially more relevant today than in the past.
Los Angeles, CA – Whether you are a former 60s radical, a 25-year-old with a curiosity about the origins of the consciousness movement or someone wanting to explore the veil of mortality, the Los Angeles preview of the extraordinary award-winning new documentary film DYING TO KNOW: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary will entertain and fascinate you.
This intriguing dialogue/reunion between the two counterculture giants, narrated by Robert Redford, brings to the fore just how influential they both were in their prime and how they stayed vital to our inner explorations to the last days of Leary’s life and the critical period before Ram Dass suffered a life-altering stroke.
In the early 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics. Leary became a missionary for mind altering drugs, igniting a global counter-culture movement and landing in prison after Richard Nixon called him “the most dangerous man in America.” Alpert journeyed to the East to become Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher for a new generation and the author of the book “Be Here Now.” This cinematic vision quest encourages us to ponder questions about life, death, drugs & the biggest mysteries of the human condition.
Now, nearly 50 years later, a new documentary re-assesses the lives of two iconic figures through the lens of their work, successes and failures, collaboration, and remarkable journey through life.
Together as friends, collaborators and individuals they were both celebrated and vilified. Once viewed as luminaries of social change, they were also portrayed as caricatures in a larger power game of political upheaval. In reality, by choice or by chance, they became two sides of a coin, the mind and the heart of a generation.
After they had weaved in and out through each other’s lives for decades, Leary announced his terminal cancer and his wish to be public about the process of his passing. His condition inspired a December 1995 reunion at Tim’s house in Los Angeles, (one arranged by the filmmakers.) Ram Dass came down from San Francisco to visit Tim and the ideas began to fly. The result, “DYING TO KNOW: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary” captures them in intimate and entertaining conversation about a lifetime of friendship, work, death and the psychedelic explorations that began it all. It would be their last time ever filmed together. Now in release after 20 years in the making, the feature documentary incorporates 80 years of rare footage and never before seen interviews of Leary and Ram Dass.
Happening: The film will premiere in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Royal, (11523 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025), on June 17. The film won the 2015 Illuminate Film Festival Impact Award.
For more information click HERE. To view the trailer, visit www.dyingtoknowmovie.com. To see movie times, go to www.laemmle.com.
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