Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary


Rafael 1 Sat, Oct 4, 2014 4:00 PM
Sequoia 2 Tue, Oct 7, 2014 1:45 PM
Rafael 3 Fri, Oct 10, 2014 11:45 AM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Active Cinema
Running Time:95
Director:Gay Dillingham
Producer:Gay Dillingham
Michael Donnelly
Sol Tryon
Tao Raspoli
Screenwriter:David Leach
Cinematographer:Alan Kozlowski
Editor:David Leach
Cast:Richard Alpert (aka Ram Dass)
Timothy Leary
Dr. Andrew Weil
Roshi Joan Halifax
Huston Smith
John Perry Barlow
Lama Tsultrim Allione
Zach Leary
Joanna Harcourst Smith
Peggy Mellon Hitchcock


Turn on, tune in, and drop out (this is Mill Valley, after all), but don’t forget to “be here now” for this fascinating film about the lifelong friendship and fearless explorations of LSD guru Timothy Leary and Eastern spiritualist Richard Alpert, aka Ram Dass, who together radically altered 20th-century consciousness. Having met while on the faculty at Harvard in the early 1960s, the seemingly disparate intellectuals quickly formed a bond that lasted for decades. Their wild yet wise journeys through psychotropic drug trips, communal living, Tibetan mysticism, radical politics, polymorphous pleasure, and even imprisonment (Nixon considered Leary “the most dangerous man in America”) led the counterculture dynamic duo through the doors of perception and toward a transformational understanding of the final frontier: death. As surprising and inspiring as a magic mushroom trip, yet thankfully without the side effects, Gay Dillingham’s lively celebration of these two profound philosophers—unrepentant hippies to the end—is a cinematic vision quest safely tethered to the here and now via Robert Redford’s reassuring narration.  WORLD PREMIERE


Sponsored by The Sequoias & The Tamalpais

Additional Information

A filmmaker/entrepreneur, Gay juggles her passions for the environment, business, public policy and communications to deepen our human experience. Under the Richardson Administration she was in charge of environmental management for New Mexico, and joined Governor Richardson on a peace-keeping mission to North Korea. Her first PBS film, The WIPP Trail, criticized our nation’s first underground nuclear waste repository. Her prize-winning My Body Belongs to Me, was a pro-active children’s educational program. She co-produced Dr. Andrew Weil’s first PBS programs. With Dying to Know Gay hopes to reinvigorate important scientific, spiritual and social conversations begun in the 1960s which she regards even more pertinent today.