Taking a ‘Magic Trip’ is Always Fun


We are all about stylish, retro-stained documentaries with a purpose — particularly one by the name of Magic Trip:

Read over the synopsis and I guarantee it will tickle your fancy:

Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood’s MAGIC TRIP is a freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Prankster’s fabled road trip across America in the legendary Magic Bus. In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” set off on a legendary, LSD-fuelled cross-country road trip to the New York World’s Fair. He was joined by “The Merry Band of Pranksters,” a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers, including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac’s “On the Road,” and the driver and painter of the psychedelic Magic Bus. Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, shooting footage on 16MM, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen. With MAGIC TRIP, Gibney and Ellwood were given unprecedented access to this raw footage by the Kesey family. They worked with the Film Foundation, HISTORY and the UCLA Film Archives to restore over 100 hours of film and audiotape, and have shaped an invaluable document of this extraordinary piece of American history.


Counterculture? Renegades? Pranksters? A Magic Bus? We are in! (but we don’t condone the whole LSD thing — but it was a “different time” back then).

Take a gander at the trailer for the full effect:

The movie is currently available On Demand or, if you prefer, you can wait till it opens in theaters on August 5.

[Source: www.magictripmovie.com]