While a student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, I heard about a study using psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) to ease existential distress among people who were diagnosed with cancer and struggling with 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 the news.
From there I embarked on a journey to make a film and learn more about these mysterious compounds. The film for me was a journey not only into the history and potential of psychedelics, but also of the filmmaking process itself. A lot has been happening in the field of psychedelic research and as a culture we are reshaping our attitudes towards the potential of these very powerful substances.
I’m very excited at the prospect of finally releasing this film into the world. Please peruse the website for more information and learn how we can partner in telling this important story. For more information on me and my other work, please visit hardrainfilms.com