Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place

Documentary | USA 2011 | 90' | OV

What a trip! In the double meaning of the phrase, no less. In 1964, best-selling author Ken Kesey (ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST) and a group of his friends made their way from California to the East Coast in a school bus covered in colorful paintings. Their destination: the World Exposition in New York. The man at the wheel: Neal Cassady, legendary speed freak and chief protagonist in Jack Kerouac’s ON THE ROAD. Packed for the trip: bottles full of orange juice laced with LSD. Tom Wolfe worked this mixture of a journey and a happening into his fact-based novel, THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST. His book established this trip across the USA as the symbolic starting point of the hippie era. For the first time ever, Oscar winner Alex Gibney (TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE) gives the public a look at sensational film material shot by Kesey and his »Merry Pranksters« on their trip almost 50 years ago. A masterful arrangement of original material, interviews, and Kesey’s own writing, MAGIC TRIP is a mash-up of a documentary narrative and a psychedelic stream of consciousness.

Director
Alex Gibney, Alison Ellwood
Editor
Alison Ellwood
With
Timothy Leary, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey
Producers
Will Clarke,Alex Gibney,Alexandra Johnes
Executive Producers
Robert Belau, Gareth Wiley,David Kowitz,David Mckillop,Molly Thompson
Production
A&E Indie Films, Phoenix Wiley, Fortissimo Films

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Selected filmography Alex Gibney

THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER (2002), LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE (2004), NO END IN SIGHT (2007), TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE (2007), FREAKONOMICS (2010), CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELLIOT SPITZER (2010)