A Visionary Litany of Affirmation: A Short Commercial For Your Mind

A Visionary Litany of Affirmation: A Short Commercial For Your Mind

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,
starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn,
looking for an angry fix,
Angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection,
to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night.

-Allen Ginsberg

A Short Commercial for Your Mind is a tumbling, hallucinatory one-minute experimental/art short film by Daniel Mancina. A visionary litany of affirmation, the film presents a graphically cinematic rendering of something between art and life. “I’m talking to myself again, while my consciousness explodes. My mind is made up: There’s going to be trouble.”

A Short Commercial For Your Mind

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Dock Ellis: A Heavenly Flamboyant Psychedelic Comeback!

Dock Ellis: A Heavenly Flamboyant Psychedelic Comeback!

The Sundance Film Festival has announced its 2010 Jury Prizes, and James Blagden’s Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No was awarded an Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking.  Blagden created an animated short film that tells a hilarious, meandering story about the former major league pitcher Dock Ellis, which leads him to one of his greatest moments in the sport.  It provides a  magical narration of his infamous no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the San Diego Padres in 1970 while he was “high as a Georgia pie,” or specifically under the influence of LSD.  After retiring, he later worked as a drug counselor before passing away last December.

Dock Ellis: A Heavenly Flamboyant Psychedelic Comeback!

Dock Ellis: A First-Person Account of His Infamous No-Hitter

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A Bicycle Trip: Fantastic Images, Amazing Shapes and Kaleidoscopic Colors

A Bicycle Trip: Fantastic Images, Amazing Shapes and Kaleidoscopic Colors

A Bicycle Trip is an amazing award-winning short animation by three young Italian filmmakers, Lorenzo Veracini, Nandini Nambiar and Marco Avoletta.  The film tells a story about Dr. Albert Hofman, the chemist working in Basel (Switzerland) who discovered LSD.  On April 19, 1943, Hofmann performed a self-experiment in his laboratory to determine the true effects of LSD, intentionally ingesting 250 micrograms of the substance, an amount he predicted to be a threshold dose (however, an actual threshold dose is only 20 micrograms).

Less than an hour later, Dr. Hofmann began experiencing sudden and intense changes in perception.  He then decided to leave his laboratory, making his journey home on a bicycle.  During the bicycle trip home, Hofmann’s condition rapidly changed, and all along the way he struggled with alternating feelings of anxiety and fear, accompanied by perceptions of an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with an intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors.

A Bicycle Trip: Fantastic Images, Amazing Shapes and Kaleidoscopic Colors

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