Official Trailer for Errol Morris' LSD Doc 'My Psychedelic Love Story'

October 29, 2020
Source: YouTube

My Psychedelic Love Story Trailer

"So you're a C.I.A. plant?" Cutting to the chase! Showtime has unveiled a new official full trailer for Errol Morris' latest documentary titled My Psychedelic Love Story, which is premiering at AFI Fest coming up this fall. We posted a teaser trailer for this doc earlier in the summer, before it had an official title, now it's set to debut on Showtime in November. This documentary focuses, once again, on LSD and the "High Priest of LSD" Timothy Leary. And this isn't the first time Morris has dabbled in LSD, as his Netflix series "Wormwood" is also about the CIA and psychedelics. The film is inspired by Harcourt-Smith's memoir, "Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story", and Morris interviews her to discuss her history with Leary before he became an informant for the FBI. "Devotion or selfishness? Perfect love or outright betrayal? Destiny or manipulation? Whatever the reason, the doomed relationship between Joanna and Timothy put the final nail in the coffin of the 1960s counterculture." Damn this looks crazy fascinating.

Here's the full official trailer (+ poster) for Errol Morris' doc My Psychedelic Love Story, on YouTube:

My Psychedelic Love Story Poster

You can still watch the original teaser trailer for Morris' My Psychedelic Love Story here, for the first look.

Why did Timothy Leary, the High Priest of LSD, become a narc in 1974—abandoning the millions he urged to turn on, tune in, and drop out? Was his "perfect love" Joanna Harcourt-Smith a government pawn? Or was she simply a rich, beautiful, young woman out for the adventure of a lifetime? Looking back, Joanna doesn't know. In the documentary, Errol Morris and Joanna Harcourt-Smith reexamine this chaotic period of her life and explore the dark side of the Timothy Leary saga: his period of exile, reimprisonment, and subsequent cooperation with the authorities. Devotion or selfishness. Perfect love or outright betrayal. Destiny or manipulation. Whatever the reason, the doomed relationship between Joanna and Timothy put the final nail in the coffin of the 1960s counterculture. My Psychedelic Love Story is directed by veteran doc filmmaker Errol Morris, of the doc films Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War, Fast Cheap & Out of Control, Standard Operating Procedure, They Were There, Tabloid, The Unknown Known, The B-Side, and Wormwood previously. This will premiere at AFI Fest this fall. Showtime will then debut Morris' My Psychedelic Love Story streaming exclusively starting on November 29th this fall. Interested?

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Personally I have to take this film with a grain of salt. Not sure what's it is trying to accomplish or what its agenda is. Leary saved my life and was responsible for my sift in consciousness, if you will, back in 1970. I was experiencing a elevation in consciousness that I thought at the time was a nervous breakdown. It was a very difficult and challenging and frightening experience. I had no clue what was happening until I got hold of a book of Leary's titled Politics of Ecstasy which was filled with Eastern philosophy and writers such as Hesse, Alan Watts, R.D. Laing, etc. It was from that exposure to those writers and reading them that I started understanding what was happening with me. I even sent a Leary letter explaining my fears and confusion and damn if he didn't reply with a post card telling me to relax, go with the flow and love was within me...or something of that nature. It helped me a lot and I've always been indebted to him for that. I was but a stranger and yet he sent a note of encouragement. I'd taken LSD a few times and had read Castaneda's Don Juan books so was primed for a sift in consciousness...and Leary helped me in his way to understand and accept this difficult journey thru the doors of perception. Of course the government saw him as the enemy because he was leading the way for people to stop being sheep and controlled by the government and those in power and the culture in general. To wake up and see behind the veil, the curtain of pretense that hangs in front of it all. I'll take a look at this film if it comes my way, but not sure what Morris is up to and if he himself might still be asleep and unconscious and thus unaware of what he's dealing with.

thespiritbo on Oct 29, 2020


They certainly had the time of their life. I am still sometimes jealous of those counterculture years, to be honest ...

shiboleth on Oct 30, 2020


Let's be free !! Or not !? Or yes ?

DAVIDPD on Oct 31, 2020

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