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Psychic Ills, Simon Boswell & more playing NYC’s Psychedelic Film & Music Festival

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The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival will take place October 1-7 at various venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens:

“This is a festival for healing,” said Daniel Abella, the founder and director of the inaugural event. “The goal is to educate the public about alternative treatments for conditions including PTSD, the current opioid crisis and skyrocketing suicide rates among veterans and civilians.” To provide awareness for such serious issues, the festival blended enlightenment with entertainment to serve as a touchstone for a modern psychedelic revolution. “The festival utilizes the visceral art forms of film and music,” said Abella. “These are essential principles because they appeal to our visual, audio and kinesthetic senses and in doing so will allow individuals to achieve personal development and evoke emotional states of a higher well-being.”

On the music portion of the fest, there are two shows and both feature Simon Boswell who has worked with Alejandro Jodorowsky (Santa Sangre), Dario Argento (Phenomena), Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave), Clive Barker (Lord of Illusions) and more. He and his band, The AND (which includes members who played with Bjork, Primal Scream and others), will play The Bell House on October 2 with Heaven and headliners Psychic Ills, and then Mercury Lounge on October 3 with Dan Friel. These are Simon’s first-ever U.S. shows. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.

Boswell will also participate in a couple post-screening Q&As during the film portion of the festival: October 2 at Instituto Cervantes (211 E. 49th St) for the USA premiere of series Translove Airwaves’ pilot episode, “You Can’t Autotune the Pope.” Director Matt Levin will also be there as well and it’s part of a series of shorts; and then October 6 at Museum of the Moving Image where he’ll lead a VR demo for Hack the Planet- Tripping with Timothy Leary- A Virtual Reality Experience. That demo concludes another program of shorts.

Passes for the festival, which also features an appearance from distinguished researcher Dennis McKenna, panels on psychedelics, and more, are on sale now. You can check out the full Psychedelic Film and Music Festival schedule below.

THE PSYCHEDELIC FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2018:
UA Court Street 12 & RPX (106 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201)

Feature Documentary + Q&A
Time: 7:30pm – 9:45pm

From Shock To Awe (2017) — East Coast Premiere
Director: Luc Côté
Run Time/Country: 87 min, USA/Canada
Synopsis: An intimate and raw look at the transformational journey of two combat veterans suffering from severe trauma as they abandon pharmaceuticals to seek relief from the mind-expanding world of psychedelics. Recent scientific research coupled with a psychedelic renaissance reveals that these substances can be used to heal PTSD for individuals and their families. Beyond the personal stories, the documentary also raises fundamental questions about war, the pharmaceutical industry and the U.S. legal system.

Post-Film Q&A:
The screening will be followed by an in-depth discussion with director Luc Côté and producer Janine Sagert. Moderated by producer Mitch Schultz.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2018:
Location A:
Instituto Cervantes (211 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017)

Short Films + Q&A
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Translove Airwaves (2018) — USA Premiere
Director: Matt Levin
Run Time/Country: 16 min, USA/UK/France
Synopsis: In the pilot episode, “You Can’t Auto-Tune the Pope,” follow curiouser filmmaker Matt Levin down the rabbit hole as he pilots a trip through the multi-layered psychedelic realm, inspired and guided by the insights and experiences recounted by the musicians, technology, artists, gurus, writers, places and ideas he engages with along the way.

Post-Film Q&A:
The screening will be followed by an in-depth discussion with director Matt Levin and film composer Simon Boswell.

Have a Good Trip (2017)
Director: Luis Solrat
Run Time/Country: 9 min, UK
Synopsis: He wants to change his destiny…without leaving the sofa.

ARC (2017)
Director: Pasquale Greco
Run Time/Country: 7 min, USA
Synopsis: A cosmonaut in search of answers finds himself stuck in an endless loop of distorted memories.

I Am Not Broken (2017)
Director: Felix Pineiro
Run Time/Country: 10 min, USA
Synopsis: A young man named finds himself in deep love, but can’t seem to find his way to intimacy which takes a major strain on his relationship. He goes on a journey through the past and present that takes him to doctors, therapists, close friends and reassessing his own sexuality.

Reverie of the Puppets (2018)
Director: Kathy Rose
Run Time/Country: 6 min, USA
Synopsis: A visually stunning animation of puppets reminiscent of Butoh dance.

Burn Baby Burn (2016)
Director: Stephen Brooks
Run Time/Country: 2 min, USA
Synopsis: A young woman must come to terms with loss.

Tesseract (2018)
Director: João Pedro Oliveira
Run Time/Country: 8 min, Brazil
Synopsis: A tesseract, also defined as an hypercube is the four-dimensional equivalent of the cube. This video presents a possible journey throughout the six faces of a cube.

Leftovers & Leftlovers (2017)
Director: Raitis Abele
Run Time/Country: 15 min, Latvia
Synopsis: After years of madness, a man seeks out his past and confronts his feminine and masculine alter egos.

One Night at the Aristo (2013)
Director: Nick Saunders
Run Time/Country: 23 min, UK
Synopsis: To impress the girl across the hallway, a pianist severs his own finger. However, things are not always as they first appear as he tries to run from the events of his past. Inspired by the short story “The Finger” by William S. Burroughs.

Don Emilio and His Little Doctors (1982) — Classic Film Screening
Director: Luis Eduardo Luna
Run Time/Country: 31 min, USA/Peru
Synopsis: One of the first films documenting ayahuasca use among mestizo shamans in the Peruvian Amazon was part of Luis Eduardo Luna’s field work carried out in the Iquitos area during July and August 1981. The documentary concentrates on the practices of Don Emilio Andrade Gomez, a “vegetalista” living 12 km from the city.

Post-Film Q&A:
The screening will be followed by an in-depth discussion with leading psychedelic researcher and ethnopharmacologist Dr. Dennis McKenna, who will comment on the significance of this trailblazing documentary.

Music Performance: A Psychedelic Happening with Psychic Ills, Simon Boswell and Heaven
The Bell House (149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215)
Doors Open: 7:00pm, Showtime: 8:00pm

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2018:
Location A:
The Assemblage John Street (17 John St, New York, NY 10038)

Short Documentaries + Q&A: An Evening with Dr. Dennis McKenna and Robert Barnhart
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Shaman and The Scientist (2017)
Director: Sarah Hutt
Run Time/Country: 15 min, USA
Synopsis: This short documentary explores the topic of traditional plant medicine from two perspectives – that of Don Juan Tangoa Paima, a curandero who works with Ayahuasca medicine in the Peruvian Amazon, and through the research of Dr. Dennis McKenna, who taught ethnopharmacology for over 30 years and is the brother of ethnobotanist Terence McKenna, looking for new medicines to treat schizophrenia and dementia. The story takes viewers from jungle to lab asking what is the value of undiscovered knowledge in the world’s most biodiverse biomes, and what is at stake if we allow those precious resources to be lost.

A New Understanding: Science of Psilocybin (2015)
Director: Robert Barnhart
Run Time/Country: 55 min, USA
Synopsis: The documentary explores the treatment of end-of-life anxiety in terminally ill cancer patients using psilocybin, a psychoactive compound found in some mushrooms, to facilitate deeply spiritual experiences. The confluence of science and spirituality in the first psychedelic research studies since the 1970s with terminally ill patients is also chronicled.

Post-Film Q&A:
The films will be followed by a special conversation about the changing cultural mores of psychedelics with Dr. Dennis McKenna, a founding board member and Director of Ethnopharmacology at the Heffter Research Institute and a key investigator in the first biomedical investigation of ayahuascaon known as the Hoasca Project and Robert Barnhart, an advocate for the study of psychoactive materials in spiritual and non-traditional healing practices who sits on the board of both the Heffter Research Institute and The Multi-Disciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.

Location B:
Mercury Lounge (217 E Houston Street, New York, NY 10002)

Music Performance: Simon Boswell with The AND
Doors Open: 9:30pm, Showtime: 10:30pm
Passes at Ticketfly (www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1745803)

In his American debut, BAFTA Award-nominated film composer and noted psychedelic Simon Boswell will headline a night of lively and atmospheric music with his musical group The AND, playing pieces from his illustrious film composition career including Santa Sangre (1989), Hardware (1990), Dust Devil (1992), Shallow Grave (1994), Hackers (1995) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) in rock, electronica, gothic horror and futuristic styles.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018:
The New School for Social Research (72 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011)

Short Documentary + Q&A
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

I Am My Own Laboratory (2018) — World Premiere
Director: Oliver Hockenhull
Run Time/Country: 43 min, Canada/UK
Synopsis: An experimental documentary on Amanda Feilding, founder of the Beckley Foundation, a charitable trust that promotes a rational, evidence-based approach to global drug policy policies and initiates, directs and supports pioneering neuroscientific and clinical research into the effects of psychoactive substances on the brain and cognition.

Post-Film Q&A:
The screening will be followed by an in-depth discussion with Dr. Christopher Kelley, professor of Buddhist Studies at The New School.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2018:
Spectacle Theater (124 S 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249)

Short Films: Psychedelic Horror, Drama and Sci-Fi
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

A Season To Come (2018)
Director: Christopher Hoffman
Run Time/Country: 10 min, USA
Synopsis: A clinical hypnotist struggles with a life-changing event and it’s future ramifications. Inspired by the H.G. Well novel “The Shape of Things to Come.”

Haxan (2018)
Director: Michael Fontaine
Run Time/Country: 5 min, USA
Synopsis: A girl encounters a mysterious glowing object.

Chateau Sauvignon: terroir (2016)
Director: David Maire
Run Time/Country: 14 min, USA
Synopsis: A gruesome coming-of-age story about a vintner son’s disobedience and desire to care for his ailing mother.

Love Ghost (2018)
Director: Dan Bell
Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA
Synopsis: A journey into the underground inspired by Dante’s seven circles of hell that takes us on a journey to the darkest reaches of the human soul.

Brainbloodvolume (2016)
Director: John Carter
Run Time/Country: 17 min, Germany
Synopsis: Inspired by the bizarre actual life events of Dutch librarian and medical student Hugo Bart Huges, this stylistic interpretation of the essential moments at which Huges followed through with an operation he theorized would lead to a permanent state of higher consciousness – through the ancient mind-altering practice of “trepanation.”

One Night at the Aristo (2013)
Director: Nick Saunders
Run Time/Country: 23 min, UK
Synopsis: To impress the girl across the hallway, a pianist severs his own finger. However, things are not always as they first appear as he tries to run from the events of his past. Inspired by the short story, “The Finger” by William S. Burroughs.

Aire (2017)
Director: Sergio Solares Álvarez
Run Time/Country: 11 min, Mexico
Synopsis: A group of alienated self-absorbed beings living in constant fear include an ordinary man devastated by the death of his wife and child and spiraling down into madness, a girl of sixteen trying to transcend the harsh reality that surrounds her thought sex, a sanguinarius creep with bizarre cooking habits and a man without living wishes.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2018:
Location A:
Producers Club (358 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036)

Short Films: Psychedelic Horror, Drama and Sci-Fi
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Passes at Eventbee (www.eventbee.com/v/dan999/event?eid=190970143#/tickets)

A Season To Come (2018)
Director: Christopher Hoffman
Run Time/Country: 10 min, USA
Synopsis: A clinical hypnotist struggles with a life-changing event and it’s future ramifications. Inspired by the H.G. Well novel “The Shape of Things to Come.”

Alchemy (2017)
Director: Brandon Polanco
Run Time/Country: 14 min, USA
Synopsis: A failed everyman begins working through pages and pages of questions. As time begins to elongate, the man finds himself tormented and more and more isolated. He battles the unknown ultimately transcending into a heightened reality, discovering a new life existing between multiple worlds, both familiar and otherworldly.

Haxan (2018)
Director: Michael Fontaine
Run Time/Country: 5 min, USA
Synopsis: A girl encounters a mysterious glowing object.

Pure White (2018)
Director: Sven Windszus
Run Time/Country: 3 min, Germany
Synopsis: The protagonist is an anatomy model who awakens in a seemingly perfect world. The fact that she must live as a “damaged” being in such an ideal environment amplifies her pain. She converses with her creator in an attempt to find answers.

Metta Via (2017)
Director: Warren Flanagan
Run Time/Country: 10 min, Canada
Synopsis: Set in the future, a young woman wakes up in a mysterious temple-like room and must figure out what her purpose is there. This in turn leads to her memories being unlocked and the true purpose of the temple, the strange sentient machines that surround her and ultimately her final destination.

Come Sweet Earth 1235 (2018)
Director: John Celona
Run Time/Country: 6 min, USA
Synopsis: A creature comes to Earth and is very, very hungry.

Nou (2018)
Director: Jane Topping
Run Time/Country: 18 min, Scotland
Synopsis: A tale of space travel, hypnosis and transformation across time and space from an alien world to a dentist’s chair in 1981 Glasgow, Scotland.

Planetary Nebula (2018)
Director: Eli Hayes
Run Time/Country: 12 min, USA
Synopsis: Within the darkness of the frame’s space, polychromatic lights contract, expand and gradually deconstruct into impressions of the mind’s eye.

Stage Performance: A Special Event Focusing on PTSD Relief
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Timothy X’s Psychedelic Journey From PTSD To Wellness
Director/Playwright: Daniel Abella
Synopsis: From Soldiers To Shaman Productions, the debut stage performance of Timothy X’s Psychedelic Journey From PTSD To Wellness represents a dramatization of private Timothy X, who through a series of psycho-dramatic experiences he has with his counselor, recovers from his PTSD and begins his journey towards wholeness. The play uses psychedelic imagery and films to punctuate a soldier’s inner turmoil and eventual liberation from his demons.

Short Films: Psychedelic Horror, Drama and Sci-Fi
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Voyager (2017)
Director: Kjersti Helen Rasmussen
Run Time/Country: 8 min, Norway
Synopsis: A shooting star falls down over the arctic island of Svalbard. The Global Seed Vault gets an unexpected visit. Hunger knows no boundaries.

The Long Wash (2018)
Director: Perry Ruhland
Run Time/Country: 3 min, USA
Synopsis: Late at night, a man washes his hands. Things go downhill from there.

Lemon Eyes (2017)
Director: Chelsey Knapp
Run Time/Country: 10 min, USA
Synopsis: Detroit, 1928: When disputes in a loveless marriage escalate, a young medical student prescribes a solution with questionable side effects.

Craniac! (2018)
Director: Paul Villanova
Run Time/Country: 17 min, USA
Synopsis: A martian living inside of a young filmmaker’s brain helps him project a film across the entire night sky, with radioactive consequences.

Emergency Alert (2018)
Director: Mike Madigan
Run Time/Country: 3 min, USA
Synopsis: Our thoughts and prayers are not with you at this time. A message from your leader broadcast over the Emergency Alert System, to do with as you interpret, should you choose to accept it.

Instant Realities (2017)
Director: Andreas Z. Simon
Run Time/Country: 10 min, Germany
Synopsis: A businessman feels followed by fitting puzzle pieces on the street. Reality seems to fade away and a greater mystery begins.

The Ladder (2017)
Director: Egil Paulsen
Run Time/Country: 19 min, Norway
Synopsis: A man maintains a salmon ladder alone in the woods. He is subjected to an accident in the river, which he believes is caused by a mysterious female figure the sees immediately after the fall. He will have to cope overnight and is pursued by the woman through his dreams.

To See You (2018)
Director: Liz Tabish
Run Time/Country: 14 min, USA
Synopsis: Set in New York City 1973, a male photographer trails a beautiful prostitute throughout the city, noting her every move. When he builds the courage to finally approach her, he is met with a strange truth that forces him to face himself.

The Hitman’s Way (2017)
Director: Riccardo Mucelli
Run Time/Country: 6 min, Italy
Synopsis: Projected in a world unknown to him, a prisoner of darkness composed of cubes that musically decompose the space around him. From the darkness of his journey, psychedelic sounds and semi-human creatures call him to the dark lord.

Hysteria (2018)
Director: Lucretia Grimm
Run Time/Country: 7 min, USA
Synopsis: An evolving nightmare blurring real with imagined horrors and defining the emotional experience of sexual brutality dismissed in the original “Sleeping Beauty.”

Short Films: Under the Influence – Psychedelic, Experimental and Trippy Videos
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Art of Acid (2018)
Director: Ed Nachtrieb
Run Time/Country: 14 min, USA
Synopsis: Mark McCloud is the world’s leading collector Of LSD art. His Institute of Illegal Images has over 30,000 framed hits of acid and traces the history of the drug’s cultural influence through the unique art form used in its distribution – blotter art.

Delicious Light (2018)
Director: Gaia Marcaccini
Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA
Synopsis: A cataclysmic event is unleashed when a deity unknowingly releases a bad seed into the universe. A sacrifice must be done in order to return light into the world.

Prime Perfect (2017)
Director: Tom Bessoir
Run Time/Country: 5 min, USA
Synopsis: See and hear prime and perfect numbers in a mathematical flicker film dedicated to avant-garde filmmaker Tony Conrad.

140 Characters (2017)
Director: Dean Winkler
Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA
Synopsis: “140” Characters” poses the question, “What happened to the future we were promised?”

Kinetechore (2017)
Director: Carla Cielnik
Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA
Synopsis: A mysterious figure takes a contemplative journey of self-reflection and renewal in this musically inspired, semi-abstract animated short.

Zed’s Dream (2017)
Director: Julian Olariu
Run Time/Country: 6 min, France
Synopsis: He left. Everyone said he disappeared. His room, belongings and documents remained as if he would come back. A few days later, it became apparent that he was still there but no one could see him.

Psych0nauts (2018)
Director: Israel Granja Hernandez
Run Time/Country: 23 min, Mexico
Synopsis: Nitrato, Mocos and Carnation are three drug heads that are bored of smoking weed and tried for the first time hallucinogen mushrooms that grow in cow’s manure and soon enough whatever seems to be a new adventure becomes a nightmare.

Dream 1.2 (2018)
Director: Jan Kravlov
Run Time/Country: 4 min, Russia
Synopsis: A film visualized in the style of video art in St. Petersburg in Russia.

Surface Tension (2018)
Director: Dejan Radovanovic
Run Time/Country: 13 min, Canada
Synopsis: There is one place at the bottom of the ocean where there is a huge forest with trees that resist water for thousands of years.

Mediocrity for Micah Dahl Anderson (2018)
Director: Drew Danburry
Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA
Synopsis: A nostalgic animated music video about mortality, ambition and dreams.

Feature Documentary
Time: 9:00pm – 11:00pm

Psychonautics: A Comic’s Exploration Of Psychedelics (2018) — East Coast Premiere
Director: Brian Bellinkoff
Run Time/Country: 82 min, USA
Synopsis: Comedian Shane Mauss goes on a series of adventures to deepen his understanding of psychedelics. He describes the indescribable and takes us through some of his most intense experience, while getting the added perspectives of some of the top scientists and experts in this realm. With moments of both confusion and clarity, this is an honest account of the experiences of a genuine Psychonaut.

Location B:
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106)

Short Films + Q&A: Psychedelic Realities
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Margaret and Gary (2018)
Director: Fredric Lehne, Don Riemer
Run Time/Country: 10 min, USA
Synopsis: A man and his GPS flee murder and madness. Starring Fredric Lehne (Men in Black), Jennifer Ferrin (Hell on Wheels) and Reed Birney (House of Cards).

4.5 Stars (2018)
Director: Joseph Malinski
Run Time/Country: 14 min, USA
Synopsis: A man searching for deeper meaning finds just that while staying at his friend’s psychedelic-inspired Airbnb.

The Hitman’s Way (2017)
Director: Riccardo Mucelli
Run Time/Country: 6 min, Italy
Synopsis: Projected in a world unknown to him, a prisoner of darkness composed of cubes that musically decompose the space around him. From the darkness of his journey, psychedelic sounds and semi-human creatures call him to the dark lord.

WW (2018)
Director: Jill Guyon
Run Time/Country: 8 min, USA
Synopsis: A psychedelic, sci-fi voyage into the darker recesses of consciousness. With its surrealist use of artifice and doubling, the video combines abstracted imagery with footage of a nameless woman performing a sequence of precisely choreographed gestures within a confined, futuristic space. This juxtaposition between the abstract and symbolic merges with an electronic sound score to create an unsettling investigation of the cataclysmic forces that underlie birth and death.

Zhuangzi and the Skull (2018)
Director: Manas Sirakanyan
Run Time/Country: 12 min, Russia
Synopsis: The great Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi encounters a mysterious Skull, that leads him on a spiritual trip to the border of life and death.

Dissection of a Rose (2018)
Director: Austin Page
Run Time/Country: 16 min, USA
Synopsis: Isolated within a curiously secluded garden, a reclusive and lonely girl is forced to contemplate both her humanity and sanity when her captive garden fly begins to plead for his freedom at all costs.

Hack the Planet: Tripping with Timothy Leary – A Virtual Reality Experience (2018)
Director: James Edward Marks
Run Time/Country: 10 min, UK
Synopsis: Experience a cyberdelic journey into enlightenment. Hack The Planet is an electro-melting mobile VR experience where users get to trip with eternal psychedelic Timothy Leary to the soundscapes provided by psychedelic film composer Simon Boswell, who will lead the live demo while the audience “trips out” on the experience using VR glasses provided by PSYCHFI.

Post-Film Q&A:
The screening will be followed by a conversation with VR developer James Edward Marks and film composer Simon Boswell.

Location C:
Ponyboy (632 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222)

Music Performance: Exciting Brooklyn Bands (Free Event)
Showtime: 10:00pm

An array of Brooklyn bands converge at the festival’s free wrap party open to all ticket holders, guests and filmmakers. The show begins at 10:00pm with Michael Tapper, a former member of We Are Scientists and Yellow Ostrich, performing DJ sets from his solo video project entitled Practice. Next up are Chris Egan and Jon Wiley’s DJ set known as Roosevelt Island at 11:00pm. Closing out the night at 12:00am will be Nosh, a collaboration of Joshua Hubbard and Noah Rubin, both members of the rock band Skaters.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2018:
Producers Club (358 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036)

Closing Ceremonies
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Guests and filmmakers will be in attendance for the closing ceremonies and award presentations of category winners as The Inaugural Psychedelic Film and Music Festival concludes.

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