Monday, 16 January 2017 11:34

The best psychedelic videos of 2015

Goodbye 2015, hello 2016. As in every year’s end, the daily psychedelic video is proud to present you with the only list of the best psychedelic videos of the year. This year’s list was meticulously selected from a list of over 500 videos which were featured on the DPV in 2015, and it’s more colorful and hypnotizing than ever.
 
How to watch these videos
We recommend dedicating a psychedelic evening to watching these videos on big, sharp screens, with good speakers and in a receptive, psychedelic state of mind. These videos are not for intended for standard YouTube watching. They can be viewed this way, but they are much better when you let them take you on a journey. They are about the total and ultimate experience, letting go and merging with the shapes and colors on the screen.
Over the years members of the DPV have arranged many psychedelic video screenings both official and for friends. It is always an amazing-mind blowing experience. If you arrange a similar psychedelic videos screening, please take a picture of it and post it on Facebook, tagging our Facebook page.
 
When I was done dying – Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon "When I Was Done Dying" (DDWIWDD) for Off The Air on Adult Swim from dave hughes on Vimeo.

Nine of the world’s trippiest, most psychedelic animators collaborated on “When I was done dying”, including Jake Fried, Chad Vangaalen and Anthony Schepperd. The result is a fantastic mixture of styles that still works superbly as a unified piece. (Original post)
 
Janzliker – Micah Buzan

Michah Buzan says he doesn’t do drugs, yet his videos are hyper-psychedelic journeys to alternate realities. In this one, Buzan created a mesmerizing and disturbing rendition to a song by Pala Leda, which he says, is open to interpretations. While he works by himself and draws by hand, Buzan’s creative output over the past couple of years puts him at the top of our list of psychedelic video artists you should know. (Original post)
 
Diffusion – Kouhei Nakama

DIFFUSION from Kouhei Nakama on Vimeo.

What if people could have patterned skin like animals. Kouhei Nakama says they will have it, and this is how it might look. (Original post).
 
Dry Lights – Xavier Chassaing

DRY LIGHTS from Xavier Chassaing on Vimeo.

Choreographed light meets organic landscapes in this spectacular video of an electric desert which comes to life. (Original post).
 
Don’t hug me I’m scared – Episode 4

The psychedelic web (quasi)children show Don’t hug me I’m scared released two new episodes this year. Episode 4, which makes some pointed critique on life in the era of computers, is funny, witty, psychedelic, and terrifyingly true. (Original post).
 
You Could Sunbathe in this Storm – Alicia Dunseath
Alicia Duneath’s graduation film from the London College of Art utilizes an masterful mixture of techniques, looking at the way we shape and are shaped by the world around us. (Original post).
 
The less I know the better – Tame Impala

The psychedelic Tame Impala does it again, and this time in a raunchy high-school tale which features a sexy teenager, a hot basketball player and a gorilla. We won’t tell you anymore but be sure not to miss the lusciously psychedelic colored body around 2:30. Psychedelic perfection. (Original post).
 
Inner Space Artifacts – Ben Ridgway

Inner Space Artifacts from Ben Ridgway on Vimeo.

Ben Ridgway’s Inner Space Artifacts transforms “artifacts from inner space” into “moving digital structures.” These are glowing and shining alien-droid structures you want to move into. (Original post).
 
Berg – Kanahebi

Berg from kanahebi on Vimeo.

A group of bio-luminescent psychedelic sea-creatures dance in an underwater cave, demonstrating great beauty and jellyfish finesse. (Original post.)
 
Crystal – by Delorean (Directed by Joan Guasch)

“Created from two 3D scanned characters, ‘Crystal’ is a psychedelic trip through different stages in a relationship.” Joan Guasch creates a confusing world of torn bits and pieces which float in space, advancing and receding in perfect harmony. (Original post).
 
People on the Sand – TRACA

TRACA "People On The Sand" Music video from Damien Bonnaire on Vimeo.

Nicholas Tracanelli doesn’t want to go where people are slow. He only wants to be with people like him. An amusing psychedelic pop song. (Original post).
 
Ex Animo – Wojciech Wojtkowski

Ex Animo from FUMI on Vimeo.

Wojciech Wojtkowski created an award winning and amazing hand-drawn universe of grotesque creatures and absurd scenes mixed with some powerful chamber music. (Original post).
 
Abstract 44 – Morgan Beringer

Abstraction 44 from Morgan on Vimeo.

Morgan Beringer’s Abstract 44 is a work of psychedelic avant-garde. The abstract moving color streams might remind one of an abstract-impressionist painting which has been awoken to life,  and while some of you watching this at the office might find it difficult to see what the fuss is about, in the right state of mind, this video can draw you in and take you on spectacular journeys. (Original post).
 
Days of High Adventure – Open Source

Days of high adventure is a spectacular fractal trance universe of numerous (elf?)machines doing their thing. Join the party. (Original post).
 
Julius Horsthuis – Our Fractal Brains

Our Fractal Brains from Julius Horsthuis on Vimeo.

Fractal master Julius Horsthuis gives a lesson about the ways fractals relate to the ways we perceive and think, in an especially stunning classroom. This video was not featured on the DPV yet, but we had another spectacular video from Horsthuis which you can check out here.
 
Ink Mapping: Video Mapping Projection on Tattoos, by Oskar & Gaspar

Ink Mapping: Video Mapping Projection on Tattoos, by Oskar & Gaspar from Oskar & Gaspar on Vimeo.

In 2015 the world’s first live event of tattoo mapping was held in Lisbon. Tattoo mapping is a technique which brings tattoos into life by projecting animated tattoos on them. Oskar & Gaspar created a spectacular video which documented the event and went viral on the web. No aftereffects were used. (Original post).
 
Subconscious Cinema – Dreamscience

Subconscious Cinema from Dreamscience on Vimeo.

Dreamscience masterfully edited a collection of well-known cinematic scenes into a powerful and disturbing video which manages to deliver a strong message while drawing from the collective unconscious of popular culture. This is how cultures dream. (Original post).
 
Understanding Perception – Beau Lotto

Beau Lotto – Understanding Perception: How We Experience the Meaning We Create from Future Of StoryTelling on Vimeo.

Neuroscience professor Beau Lotto explains how our perception tricks us into seeing not what actually exists, but what was useful for us to perceive in the past, and suggests how technology might enable us to challenge this perceptual fallacy. Director Steve West did a tremendous job translating Lotto’s words into a beautiful animation.  (Original post).
 
Grocery trip – Pouff

You cannot talk about 2015 in psychedelic video without mentioning Google’s Deep Dream artificial neural networks. When allowed to think in loops, the Google neural network algorithm dreams up crazy realities and lays them on top of our ordinary reality. 2015 was the year in which we learned how machines dream, and for some weeks the internet was swarming with Google Deep Dream videos. Some saw this as an interesting perspective on how human consciousness creates its own reality, while others considered this a proof that droids, too, dream of electric sheep. From the many Deep Dream videos out there we selected Pouff’s video which demonstrates how — for a machine — a walk in the grocery store might turn into a psychedelic mirage. (Original post).
 
Some forgotten 2014 gems 
 
While we try our best, we can’t help but miss some of the fresh psychedelic videos out there on the web, and sometimes these get featured on the site a year or two after their release. So, same as every year, he are some of the best videos of 2014 which we missed in last year’s list.
 
Pasarinho – Rainer Scheurenbrand

YouTube user Juan F created this beautiful video clip to Rainer Scheurenbrand’s Pasarinho. A good contender for the title, the best Ayahusca music clip ever. (Original post).
 
Draft Culture – Dorian Concept

Rhythmically moving Kaleidoscopic drawings in this video to Dorians Concept’s “Draft culture. (Original post).
 
Saint Joan – Husky

Husky - St Joan from Lucinda Schreiber on Vimeo.

Lucinda Schreiber directed and animated this beautiful music-clip to “St Joan” by Husky. The animation is fairly simple compared to some of the things you see on the site, but it works great together with the song. (Original post).
 
Zuma Teaser – Sam Mason

ZUMA TEASER from Sam Mason on Vimeo.

The spectacular Zuma teaser takes the viewer to alluring imaginary worlds which might remind one of the works of Moebius and Alejandro Jodorowsky. Too bad it’s so short. It left us wanting more! (Original post).
 
Intrinsic Gravity – Still

This spectacular op-art demo video won the first place in the Ghetto Scene 2014. (Original post).
 
Other Earth – Pouff

Pouff - Other Earth from Pouff on Vimeo.

Pouff’s other earth video might just be the best fractal video ever produced. We’ll let you judge for yourself. (Original post).
 
Conact – Vladimir Tarasov 

Finally, a trip back in time. Vladimir Tarasov’s “Contact” from 1978 is an old Soviet psychedelic gem which tells the story of a painter who is contacted by an shape-shifting alien. Almost as an instinct, our painter imagines the alien as a scary and belligerent creature, he runs away from him and only later, when he lets go of his fear of the unknown, does he find out this alien other can become his good friend. Drawn in s a style somewhat reminiscent of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, the film won a couple of 1979 awards. (Original post).
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India is home to over 105 million tribal people, belonging to 31 different tribes. Tribal populations enter the realm of mainstream attention only when crisis – from land displacement to gender violence – manage to hit newspaper headlines. But how much do we really know about them as people – their lives, their traditional wisdom, cultures and struggles?
 
Here is a selection of award winning films made by Independent film-makers on indigenous communities in India covering a range of subjects, from the need to preserve their traditional forms of knowledge, to the threat to livelihoods, the environment, and their uneasy relationship with development. The films bring us closer to people who are at the margins of our consciousness, finding little space and attention in mainstream media, far away, physically and mentally from cities and city people.
 

These 8 films are the best way to learn about the lives of the 105 million tribal people, belonging to 31 different tribes, that are in India.

 
1. The Red Data Book – An Appendix
72 mins – 2014 – Director: Sreemith Shekar
The documentary, ‘The Red Data Book-An appendix‘ highlights the increasing infant mortality within Adivasi communities in Attappady, Kerala. As the community faces extinction, the film questions if infant mortality is due to malnutrition as the State claims or because of our inability to comprehend their way of life. The activist filmmaker Sreemith captures the everyday rhythms of Adivasi life to try and find answers. The film was a part of the prestigious IDSFFK 2014 film festival in Trivandrum this year.
 
 
2. Notes on Man Capture
43 mins – 2007 - Director: Nandini Bedi
A rare find in a male-centric culture such as ours, the film focuses on customs of marriage in the Garo Hills where men are ambushed and captured to be married off to women within the community. The film follows a young single mother who has had former lovers in her attempt to claim a suitable man. With humour and ease it takes on subjects like sex, decision making, gender, and power dynamics in this unusual people in India.
 
 
3. Have you seen the Arana?
73 mins – 2012 – Director: Sunanda Bhat
Set in Wayanad, Have You Seen The Arana is a lyrical film that gently urges us to take a look at how local people, their way of life, forms of knowledge and well being is threatened owing to rapid ‘development’ in the region. A far cry from most ‘issue based’ films, the film is undeniably poetic, with breaktaking visuals, and an engaging structure. As the filmmaker journeys through the beauty of Wayanad, she constructs a narrative involving a healer concerned with disappearing medicinal plants in the forest, a traditional farmer, and a cash crop cultivator, all struggling to survive the here and now.
 
 
4. India’s Silent War, 2011
48 mins – 2011 – Director: Imran Garda
Al Jazeera’s journalist Imran Garda examines a underrported 40-year war that has claimed thousands of lives in the heart of our country but remains largely ignored by urban Indians and the world outside. The Adivasis, the original inhabitants of the land who populate our impenetrable and remote jungles are caught in the middle of a conflict between the governement and Naxalites or Maoists. The film takes us to Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, and West Bengal to introduce us to this ‘hidden war’ in our background, bringing us face to face with rebel fighters and the nameless victims of this terrible conflict.
 
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5. There Is A Fire In Your Forest
53 mins – 2001 – Director: Krishnendu Bose
The film focuses on the untold story of Kanha, in Madhya Pradesh. Known more as a tiger conservancy, Kanha was also the site that witnessed the first wave of adivasi relocation in the early 1970s. A must watch for anyone wanting to understand the adivasi side of the story in India, the film has as its central character, a wildlife photojournalist, who visits Kanha and finds a change in his understanding of ‘conservation’.
 
 
6. In the forest hangs a bridge
39 mins – 1999 – Director: Sanjay Kak
Set deep in the forested hills of Siang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh, the residents of Damro Village get together to build a 1000 foot long suspension bridge from cane and bamboo in the distinctive style of the Adi tribe. Their only tool is the dao, a machete or blade made of tempered steel. The film then becomes a metaphor for the strength and fragility of the tribal community as they set about this challenge.
 
 
7. Only An Axe Away
40 mins – 2005 – Director: P. Baburaj
Films_NativeTribes_Only An Axe

The film chronicles the efforts to save the Silent Valley in Kerala. Declared a national park in 1984, the state plans to build a dam across river Kunthi, environmentalits and the people share their anxieties that the move would ruin the evergreen forests forever.
 
8. Acting Like a Thief
15 mins – 2005 – Director: P. Kerim Friedman & Shashwati Talukdar
The film is about a tribal theatre group in Ahmedabad. The Budhan Theatre, inspired by the work of Mahasweta Devi, it has transformed the lives of adults and children who belong to the Chhara tribe or community. The film chronicles the arrest of one of its playwrights and harks back to 1871 when the tribals were notified as ‘natural criminals’ by the then British Raj. Even post independence, little has changed for these people, for despite being denotified, they are still unable to shake off the shadows of their past.

 

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Tuesday, 04 November 2014 16:01

Mind Expanding Movies

Some movies are made to touch our heart and soul with an overabundance of sentiment. They make us come in touch with our humanity and empathy.
And some films are made to touch our mind, to get our mental cogs working, to awaken and expand our consciousness. They are films that deal with questions that we are all too eager and too afraid to ponder. 
It is those films that signal our awakening, and that push us into seeing life and our existence differently.
 
1. Waking Life, by Rickard Linklater
 
waking-life
 
What is a dream, and what is reality? Can we actually distinguish between the two? And what does a dream mean? These are only a few sample questions of the wide range that Linklater’s film provides. The protagonist wanders through moments, dialogues, unnamed characters-in some important scenes, he’s not even present. In another, we see a couple from another movie verse (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy from the popular romantic movie franchise “Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight“), with no explanation. It is a trippy movie.Moving from the ethereal to the real, questioning the validity of each aspect of existence, and ending up straight into an existential crisis,this movie will fill your mind with philosophical questions, the biggest one being: Is my life real?
 
 
2. Samsara, by Ron Fricke
 
samsara
 
“Samsara” is a little documentary film made in 2011, by the same people who had collaborated on two similar in terms of style and theme films in the last decades, “Baraka” and “Chronos”. The movie’s title is the Sanskrit word for the loop of continuous life. Literally meaning “continuous flow”, the word has been used to describe the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, themes and terms shown within the film. The visuals are beautiful, and the musical score compliments them just right. The little blocks of visual narrative are linked together in an intricate flow, and the message is one of a global consciousness and interconnectedness.
 
 
3. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
 
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“Uncle Boonmee” came out in 2010 and was the first Thai film to win the Palme d’Or. The titular character, Uncle Boonmee, is dying; during the course of his last living days, he goes on a journey to explore his past lives, together with his loved ones, whether in spirit or in physical form.
The film was actually the last part of a loosely linked film trilogy, titled “Primitive”, and was mostly focused on a particular area of Thailand. However, while the other two films of “Primitive” as a project focused more on the collective memory of the area in a more political and historical manner, “Uncle Boonmee” is more like “a personal diary”, according to the director.
It deals with matters of memory, transformation, reincarnation, and the nature of things facing death. A very interesting film for those not put off by the “artsyness” of it. However, it is not only a study on dying and previous lives, but also Weerasethakul’s tribute to the art of cinema.
 
4. Under the Skin, by Jonathan Glazer
 
Under-the-Skin-movie
 
A very recent film, released just a few months ago, with Scarlett Johanson in one of her best, if not her best, performances in her entire career. The plot goes like this: Scarlett is an alien, whose name we never find out. She assumes human form and starts seducing men, leading them to her “harvesting place”, as one could call it. To say any more about the plot would completely ruin your experience. “Under the Skin” will leave you stunned, wide-eyed, trying to comprehend and interpret what you have seen. While the previous movies on this list deal with matters of life, death, and reincarnation, this one deals with consciousness as a human, personal experience.
The first lines in the film are our alien protagonist making sounds, learning how to speak, much like a baby. She develops a consciousness, she experiences growth and humanity, and comes face to face  with the experience of being human. Just watch the film. It hasn’t been called the new “2001: A Space Odyssey” for nothing.
 
5. Enter the Void, by Gaspar Noe
 
enter-the-void
 
Otherwise known as “acid on film“. This movie feels like one continuous trip, and with good reason. Noe’s use of bold, colorful neon lights, and first-person perspective can really mess up our perception (I mean, the camera blacks out momentarily when the protagonists blinks. Can’t get any more first-person than that).
Not only that, but after a while, the story goes even trippier; our protagonist dies, and we see his out-of-body journey through his eyes, as he travels through time and space, the tempo of the film getting faster and faster, climaxing (no pun intended) in a pretty disturbing sex scene. The end, however, is yet another plot twist, leaving us stupefied. Was this afterlife, or just a fleshing out of the theory that when we die, our mind’s perception of time makes us relive our life in a desperate effort to survive, looping round and round? Food for thought.
 
 
6. Anything by Andrei Tarkovsky
 
Andrei-Tarkovsky
 
Literally, anything. “Solyaris”, “Stalker” and “The Mirror” are a very good start, and let’s not forget “Nostalghia“. Soviet cinema has always been special, but Tarkovsky is the pinnacle of thought provoking and reflective film-making. Childhood, dreams, memory, the metaphysical and dream-like are trademarks of his films, and not one Tarkovsky film will make you feel the same after you see it.
There is a lot of symbolism in his works, and Tarkovsky’s goal was to create  a form of cinema that “sculpted time”, altering our perception and showing us just how relative everything is to that perception. He may not be the easiest filmmaker to get into, but once you try him, you’ll keep coming back, mesmerized, your mind baffled and at the same time enamored.
 

 

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Here is a list of over 200 consciousness expanding movies and documentaries that will assist you in your evolution – All of which can watched for free online in the links below.  How many of them have you seen? Enjoy!
 

1. Home (2009)
2. Thrive (2011)
3. Paradise or Oblivion (2012)
4. Love, Reality and the Time of Transition (2011)
5. Earthlings (2005)
6. Everything You Know Is Wrong (2000)
7. Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008)
8. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)
9. The Money Fix (2009)
10. The Wikileaks Documentary (2010)
11. Owned & Operated (2012)
12. Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis (2010)
13. Apologies of an Economic Hitman (2010)
14. The Beautiful Truth (2008)
15. The Awakening (2011)
16. What Would It Look Like? (2009)
17. The World According to Monsanto (2008)
18. Esoteric Agenda (2008)
19. Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging (2008)
20. College Conspiracy Scam in USA (2011)
21. The Indigo Evolution (2005)
22. Edible City: Grow the Revolution (2012)
23. Collapse (2009)
24. The Global Brain (1983)
25. The White Hole in Time (1993)
26. The Primacy of Consciousness (2011)
27. Fuel (2008)
28. Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil Crisis (2006)
29. What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire (2007)
30. Resonance: Beings of Frequency (2012)
31. War by Other Means (1992)
32. Endgame (2007)
33. War Made Easy (2007)
34. The War on Democracy (2007)
35. Rise Like Lions: The Occupy Wall Street Documentary (2011)
36. Propaganda (2012)
37. The Secret of Oz (2009)
38. The One Percent (2006)
39. The Shock Doctrine (2009)
40. Iran Is Not the Problem (2008)
41. PsyWar: The Real Battlefield Is the Mind (2010)
42. Vaccine Nation (2008)
43. Psychiatry: An Industry of Death (2006)
44. Flow: For the Love of Water (2008)
45. Kymatica (2009)
46. Pots, Pans, and Other Solutions (2012)
47. Manna: The Psilocybin Mushroom Documentary (2011)
48. What in the World Are They Spraying (2010)
49. Why in the World Are They Spraying (2012)
50. Globalization: The New Rulers of the World (2001)
51. Terrorstorm (2006)
52. Fall of the Republic (2009)
53. Crop Circles: Crossover From Another Dimension (2006)
54. The Day Before Disclosure (2010)
55. 9/11: The Road to Tyranny (2002)
56. 9/11: In Plane Site (2004)
57. 9/11: Press For Truth (2006)
58. The Revelation of the Pyramids (2010)
59. Ancient Knowledge (2012)
60. The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007)
61. Money As Debt (2006)
62. Money As Debt II (2009)
63. The Age of Stupid (2009)
64. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism (2004)
65. Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview (2013)
66. Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century (2010)
67. Renaissance 2.0 (2010)
68. Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood (2008)
69. The War on Kids (2009)
70. Palestine Is Still the Issue (2002)
71. Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land (2004)
72. Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority (2006)
73. Walmart: The High Cost of Low Prices (2005)
74. Big Sugar (2005)
75. The Fluoride Deception (2011)
76. Fluoridegate: An American Tragedy (2013)
77. An Inconvenient Tooth (2012)
78. The Great Culling: Our Water (2013)
79. Shots in the Dark: Silence on Vaccines (2009)
80. I Am Fishead: Are Corporate Leaders Psychopaths? (2011)
81. Capitalism Is the Crisis (2011)
82. Slavery By Consent (2012)
83. The Crisis of Civilization (2011)
84. No Logo: Brands, Globalization, and Resistance (2003)
85. 97% Owned (2012)
86. Culture in Decline – Episode 1: What Democracy? (2012)
87. Culture in Decline – Episode 2: Economics 101 (2012)
88. Culture in Decline – Episode 3: C.V.D. (2012)
89. Culture in Decline – Episode 4: War on Nature (2013)
90. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 1: Akasha (2012)
91. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 2: The Spiral (2012)
92. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 3: The Serpent and the Lotus (2012)
93. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 4: Beyond Thinking (2012)
94. Ethos: A Time for Change (2010)
95. Rich Media, Poor Democracy (2003)
96. Weapons of Mass Deception (2004)
97. Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within (2007)
98. American Blackout (2006)
99. Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections (2008)
100. Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008)
101. Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs (2006)
102. The End of Suburbia (2004)
103. Rethink Afghanistan (2009)
104. There’s No Tomorrow (2012)
105. Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006)
106. Priceless (2012)
107. What the Bleep Do We Know? (2004)
108. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (2010)
109. The 11th Hour (2007)
110. Paradise With Side Effects (2004)
111. Starsuckers (2009)
112. Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream (2011)
113. Religulous (2008)
114. Sir! No Sir! – The GI Movement to End the Vietnam War (2005)
115. Gasland (2010)
116. Hacking Democracy (2008)
117. Real Estate 4 Ransom: Why Does Land Cost the Earth? (2012)
118. Vanishing of the Bees (2009)
119. Tapped (2009)

The First 119 Originally posted on: OpenBoxThinking

120. DMT: The Spirit Molecule
121. Baraka (1992)
122. Samsara
123. Cut Poison Burn
124. The Business of Being Born
125. The Cove
126. Ayahuasca: Ancient Plant Medicine
127. Hempster – Plant the Seed
128. Coca Lives
129. Forks Over Knives
130. Dirty Pictures (The God Father of Ecstasy)
131. All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
132. The Money Masters
133. The Secret of Oz
134. Spirit Science 1-15
135. Garbage Warrior
136. Top 10 Eco Films of All Time
137. What Babies Want
138. Ring of Power
139. House of Numbers
140. SiCKO
141. True History of Marijuana
142. Run From The Cure
143. Eye of The Illuminati
144. Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business (2011)
145. Shaman Voyage
146. Libertopia
147. Zeitgeist
148. Stepping Into The Fire
149. Propaganda
150. Secret Ancient Knowledge
151. The Holy Mountain
152. Food Inc.
153. The Silent Revelation of Truth
154. The Obama Deception
155. The Great Culling: Our Water
156. Dreaming Awake At The End of Time
157. The New American Century
158. ZERO: An Investigation into 9/11
159. The House I Live In
160. Black Whole
161. We Are Legion – The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)
162. Sirius – 2013
163. The Shock Doctrine
164. Manifesting the Mind: Footprints of the Shaman
165. Genetic Roulette
166. The Disclosure Project
167. Spirit Science – The Sacred Geometry Movie
168. The Legend of Atlantis 

169. Spiritual Reality: Near Death Experiences
170. The Evolution of Indigo Children, Indigo Adults and Crystal Beings
171. Dannion Brinkley – The Changing Face of Time
172. Dolores Cannon Presents Moving into the New Earth
173. David Icke – The Lion Sleeps No More (2010)
174. David Icke – Remember Who You Are – Wembley Arena pt2 pt3 pt4
175. David Icke: The Truth Behind Theology and Christianity
176. Nassim Haramein at the Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library pt2
177. Down the Rabbit Hole Quantum Edition
178. Bringers of the Dawn: A Message From the Pleiadians
179. Barbara Marciniak – Earth Pleiadian Keys to the Living Library
180. DNA – Pirates of the Sacred Spiral
181. The Secret 
182. Edgar Cayce – An American Prophet
183. The Venus Project – Future By Design
184. The Greatest Talk of Jacque Fresco: The Venus Project
185. Choice Point The Movie : Align Your Purpose
186. Woody Harrelson ‘Ethos’
187. The Collective Evolution III: The Shift
188. I AM (2010)
189. The Living Matrix
190. The Arrivals Complete Series
191. Love, Reality, and the Time of Transition
192. Look Up - Geoengineering
193. Ungrip
194. Mindwalk
195. Reality and the Extended Mind part2
196. The Missing Secrets Of Nikola Tesla
197. Ancient Egypt and The Alternative Story of Mankind’s Origins
198. Shamans Of The Amazon
199. 5 Gateways: The Five Key Expansions of Consciousness
200. The Holographic Universe
201. The Pyramid Code
202. Spirit Science – The Human History Movie
203. Spirit Science – The Crystal Movie

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1.     Zeitgeist: The Movie
The Movie is a 2007 documentary film by Peter Joseph. It asserts a number of conspiracy theory-based ideas, including the Christ myth theory, alternative theories for the parties responsible for the September 11th attacks and that bankers manipulate the international monetary system and the media in order to consolidate power.
 
2.     Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, by director Peter Joseph, is a feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter transcends the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical “life ground” attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a “Resource-Based Economy”.
 
 
3.    Food Inc

The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The production of food overall has more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. Controlled primarily by a handful of multinational corporations, the global food production business – with an emphasis on the business – has as its unwritten goals production of large quantities of food at low direct inputs (most often subsidized) resulting in enormous profits, which in turn results in greater control of the global supply of food sources within these few companies. Health and safety (of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food) are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences.
 
 
4.     Religulous

Bill Maher interviews some of religion’s oddest adherents. Muslims, Jews and Christians of many kinds pass before his jaundiced eye. Maher goes to a Creationist Museum in Kentucky, which shows that dinosaurs and people lived at the same time 5000 years ago. He talks to truckers at a Truckers’ Chapel. (Sign outside: “Jesus love you.”) He goes to a theme park called Holy Land in Florida. He speaks to a rabbi in league with Holocaust deniers.
 
 
5.     The Corporation

Provoking, witty, stylish and sweepingly informative, THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Part film and part movement, The Corporation is transforming audiences and dazzling critics with its insightful and compelling analysis. Taking its status as a legal “person” to the logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist’s couch to ask “What kind of person is it?”
 
 
6.     Thrive

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.
 
7.     Zeitgeist: Addendum

Zeitgeist: Addendum premiered at the 5th Annual Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles, California on October 2, 2008, winning their highest award. It was released free online on October 4, 2008. Director Peter Joseph stated: “The failure of our world to resolve the issues of war, poverty, and corruption, rests within a gross ignorance about what guides human behavior to begin with. It addresses the true source of the instability in our society, while offering the only fundamental, long-term solution.
 
8.     Earthlings

EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity’s absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called “non-human providers.” Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (GLADIATOR) and features music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby narrate the film.
 
 
9.     Kymatica

Evolution is a term to define only one organism and that’s the self. The self is the universe, the self is the alpha and omega, god, and infinity, and that’s the only thing that evolves because we are all part of the self. Nothing goes through an evolutionary process alone or without direct benefit to the whole. So when you begin to think that there’s this controlling elite, this controlling hand behind the curtains leading the planet to destruction.
 
 
10.   Inside Job

‘Inside Job’ provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry, which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China.
 

 

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Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:59

Documentaries you need to see

1. CENTURY OF THE SELF
The Century of the Self is a thought provoking, four part documentary describing how Freudian and post-Freudian ideas about human nature were adopted by corporations and politicians to manipulate society and public values in the 20th Century. There is a particular focus on the influence of Edward Bernays, the inventor of public relations, on American culture, business, and politics. This is a well crafted, engagingly paced, and consistently interesting documentary, which has since developed a bit of a cult following.
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2.  COSMOS WITH CARL SAGAN
Often referred to as ‘the greatest educational series of all-time’. Carl Sagan‘s ability to clearly communicate complex concepts in simple language without washing down the content of his explanations is such a rare approach. If you have the slightest curiosity about how the Universe works, this is the ultimate documentary series, taking you on a complete 13 hour ride through the Cosmos. The entire series is available on Youtube:
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3. LOVE, REALITY AND THE TIME OF TRANSITION
Hold your presumptions on this one, it’s probably not what you think. This documentary approaches the ‘new age’ and ‘all you need is love’ mindsets to question the over embracing of love and denial of negative reality. I’d be very interested to hear the opinions of Live Learn Evolve readers on this one, please comment below if you’ve seen it.
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4. 2012: TIME FOR CHANGE
Once again hold any presumptions, this documentary is not advocating the end of the world. Led by Daniel Pinchbeckthis film covers topics like sustainability, mind and consciousness expansion, permaculture, energy, spirituality, tribal rituals, psychedelic experiences, economy, social relationships and more. It explores the ever growing problems we face as a culture and surprisingly offers thoughtful solutions which can all be put in place immediately through today’s technology.
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5. THE CORPORATION
The corporation as a psychopath. Our daily lives are dominated by corporations, most goods, services, information and entertainment now flow from huge multinationals. But what if this dominant player in our existence is certifiably insane? This film is a compelling story of the evil that can be and is done by and in the name of corporations. Piles of detailed examples on top of interviews on top of documentary film clips, highly recommended.
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6. BARAKA
A powerful visual masterpiece that takes you on a tour of the globe. If man sends another Voyager to the distant stars and it can carry only one film on board, that film might be “Baraka.” It uses no language, so needs no translation. It speaks in magnificent images, natural sounds, and music both composed and discovered. It regards our planet and the life upon it and stands outside of historical time. Highly recommend it’s follow up film Samsara too, which can be found here
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7. ANIMA
Collaborative documentary piecing together some of the most thought provoking clips from some of the most recent internationally renowned philosophical icons including Alan Watts and Terrence Mckenna. Other themes include our creativity, our power as individuals and the power as a collective to manifest our own reality. The quality of the production isn’t mind blowing but the content is incredibly thought provoking.
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8. ZERO POINT: VOLUME 2 - THE STRUCTURE OF INFINITY
The Structure of Infinity takes a more focused look at the fractal nature of the Universe. Through examination of The Mandelbrot set and Fractal Geometry, the second volume takes us on a journey through the Fractal Universe culminating in a paradigm shifting view on the nature of reality itself. I recommend watching the first volume if you are unfamiliar with Graham Hancock’s work, as for the other volumes, they are still on my watch list.
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9. HOME
Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.
The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.
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10. DMT: THE SPIRIT MOLECULE
DMT The Spirit Molecule takes you on a journey to explore the possibilities of what this molecule, DMT could mean to man kind. Although flawed in places if you’re unaware of DMT this documentary does an amazing job of explaining both the experiences of the substance and the science of the mind. Medical doctors, physical scientists, artists, and spiritual seekers work together to explore and quantify the effects of potentially the world’s most powerful psychotropic substance.
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Thursday, 14 August 2014 16:40

10 Seriously Psychedelic Movies

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." It tells the story of Charlie Bucket, a young boy from a poor family who wins a golden ticket to tour Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Instead of an assembly line, Charlie encounters a world of wonder within Wonka's factory walls.
Waking Life
Waking Life
Richard Linklater's animated feature, "Waking Life," is a benchmark for psychedelic movies. Its unnamed main character shifts through his dreams, discussing the meaning of life and the universe. Each dream involves distinct animation styles, which blend elements of reality with dreamlike mindscapes.
Fantasia
Fantasia
Disney's "Fantasia" is unlike the studio's other feature films. Disney originally conceived the film as a comeback vehicle for Mickey Mouse. He had produced the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" as a short, but the film ran over budget. Instead of extending it, Disney decided to produce seven other short segments and set them to classical music. The movie lacks a plot; instead, each segment is a visualization of the piece of music that accompanies it.
Un Chien Andalou
Un Chien Andalou
One of the most surreal movies ever made predates special effects and even sound. "Un Chien Andalou" (An Andalusian Dog) was the brainchild of the surrealist artist Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel. The movie does not make much sense. It jumps between bizarre and sometimes disturbing sequences. The black and white imagery and the lack of spoken words add to its unearthly nature.
 
Brazil
 
Brazil
In "Brazil," Jonathan Pryce plays Sam Lowry, a bureaucrat in a futuristic society who dreams of leaving his complicated world for somewhere void of technology and bureaucracy, which he imagines to be Brazil. However, an administrative error makes him a wanted man. The movie blends a dystopian society with dream sequences, making it quite psychedelic.
 
La Jetee
 
La Jetee
Fans of "12 Monkeys" may recognize the plot of this 1960s short film. It takes place in a future after World War III. A man goes back in time to get food and supplies from the past and possibly prevent the catastrophic world war that destroys civilization. While he is there, he continually remembers an incident from his childhood, which took place during the year to which he has returned.
 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Johnny Depp plays journalist Raoul Duke in the screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's book of the same name. Fuelled by drugs, Duke and his lawyer drive to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race. The movie shows the world from Duke's perspective, and since he consumes a lot of psychedelic drugs, the result is often trippy.
 
Memento
 
Memento
"Memento" tells a strange and captivating story, following a man named Leonard as he tries to piece together his wife's murder. But Leonard has lost his ability to retain new memories, and he can't remember anything after his wife's death. Each day he must try to recover what he learned the day before through clues he leaves for himself.
 
Being John Malkovich
 
Being John Malkovich
In "Being John Malkovich," John Cusack plays a puppeteer who discovers a hidden doorway that leads directly into the mind of the actor, John Malkovich. It allows him to enter John Malkovich's mind for 15 minutes at a time. He and his wife, Lotte, make frequent trips into Malkovich's head, causing them to question the meaning of life and who they really are.
 
Pi
 
Pi
"Pi" is an unconventional movie about a mathematician searching for the secrets of the universe through numbers. Max (Sean Gullette) is a chaotic genius who also suffers from paranoia and migraines. He builds a supercomputer that can predict the stock market. One day, the computer spits out a 216-digit number that may contain the meaning of the universe.
Psychedelic movies incorporate surreal or dreamlike settings or stories, blending elements of reality with dreams, hallucinations, or figments of the imagination. Many also play with time, leaving the viewer with a feeling of displacement.
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:50

Trippest short cartoons ever

Today we will try to give you a lovely naturally psychedelic morning. Make your wakeup coffee meanwhile loading - and enjoy 5 best of Goa-Freaks.Com choice of the trippest short cartoons ever:
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, 31 January 2013 06:51

Psychedelic Movies part2

Psychedelic Movies part2
08. Altered States
Ever had one of those "I've heard that sampled before !" moments ? Hallucinogen found a real treasure trove in this cult movie for his debut self titled гoa-trance album. The movie is a 1980 American science fiction-film adaptation of a novel by the same name by playwright and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky. It was the only novel that Chayefsky ever wrote, as well as his final film. Both the novel and the film are based on John C. Lilly's sensory deprivation research conducted in isolation tanks under the influence of psychoactive drugs like ketamine and LSD. William Hurt plays Eddie Jessup, a scientist obsessed with discovering mankind's true role in the universe. To this end, he submits himself to a series of mind-expanding experiments. Quite a dazzling film for its time.
 
10. Easy Rider
Classic stoner films don't get much more classic than this. The grand-daddy of all drug addled reflections on the 1960s counter culture. Easy Rider explores the societal landscape, issues, and tensions in the United States during the 1960s, such as the rise and fall of the hippie movement, drug use, and communal lifestyle. The protagonists are two freewheeling hippies: Wyatt, nicknamed "Captain America" (Fonda), and Billy (Hopper). Fonda and Hopper said that these characters' names refer to Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid. Wyatt dresses in American flag-adorned leather, while Billy dresses in Native American-style buckskin pants and shirts and a bushman hat. The former is appreciative of help and of others, while the latter is often hostile and paranoid of outsiders. The movie's groundbreaking soundtrack featured The Band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Steppenwolf. Editor Donn Cambern used various music from his own record collection to make watching hours of bike footage more interesting during editing.. Most of Cambern's music was used, with licensing costs of $1 million, more than the budget of the film !
 
11. The Doors
In my experience people either love or hate The Doors, both band and movie. I give both band and movie two thumps up. It's not a great film but it certainly could have been a lot worse right ? Oliver Stone's homage to 60's rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris in 1971, at the age of 27. Some people hate on the film because it only depicts the monstrous side of Jim's character. Director Oliver Stone said it best...."when you have to condense a person's life, a legend at that, into two measly hours you must take the highlights". Val Kilmer does an amazing acting job in this film. Should have been nominated for an Oscar if you ask me.
 
12. The Fountain
The Fountain is a 2006 American romantic drama film, which blends elements of fantasy and science fiction, written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. The film comprises three storylines where Jackman and Weisz play different sets of characters: a modern-day scientist and his cancer-stricken wife, a conquistador and his queen, and a space traveler in the future who hallucinates his lost love. The storylines—interwoven with use of match cuts and recurring visual motifs—reflect the themes of love and mortality. Visually stunning, outstadning effects with a sublime soundtrack by Clint Mansell—the composer for Aronofsky's previous films Pi and Requiem for a Dream. Sadly the film was a box office flop. But then again, it was released at a time when the world was obsessed with the superficially of Paris Hilton. If you have a choice of spending your dollars on a Paris Hilton DVD box set or reflecting on that fact that everyone you love will die, most people will opt for the sugar.
 
13. Koyaanisqatsi
An art-house circuit sensation, this feature-length documentary is visually arresting and possesses a clear, pro-environmental political agenda. Without a story, dialogue, or characters, Koyaanisqatsi (1983) (the film's title is a Hopi word roughly translated into English as "life out of balance") is composed of nature imagery, manipulated in slow motion, double exposure or time lapse, juxtaposed with footage of humans' devastating environmental impact on the planet. Forget trying to convince your friends how good this film is. Everyone seems to have a different take on it. What I can suggest is getting in the right "setting" . Turn off the lights, turn up the soundtrack , relax and prepare for a pure artistic experience. Mesmerizing trance like film-making.
 
14. 2001 A Space Odyssey
Now , while more psy-fi than psych-fi , 2001 does include one of the most memorable trippy scenes to ever hit the cinema screens. Considering it was made with 1968 technology , that is some impressive stuff don't you think ? As the film climaxes, the main character takes a trip through deep space that involves the innovative use of slit-scan photography to create the visual effects and disturbing sequences of him noticeably stunned at what he's experiencing.. The colored lights in the Star Gate sequence were accomplished by slit-scan photography of thousands of high-contrast images on film, including op-art paintings, architectural drawings, moire patterns, printed circuits, and crystal structures. Known to staff as "Manhattan Project", the shots of various nebula-like phenomena, including the expanding star field, were colored paints and chemicals swirling in a pool-like device known as a cloud tank, shot in slow-motion in a dark room. The first time I saw this film I was, how you say, enjoying some of nature's bounty and this scene just about turned my head inside-out.
 
15. Enter the Void
is a 2009 French film written and directed by Gaspar Noé, labeled by Noé as a "psychedelic melodrama". It stars Nathaniel Brown in his debut role, Paz de la Huerta, and Cyril Roy, also in his first role on film. The story is set in Tokyo and focuses on Oscar, a young American drug dealer who gets shot by the police, but continues to watch over his sister Linda and the events which follow during an out-of-body experience, floating above Tokyo's streets. Noé had tried various hallucinogens in his youth and used those experiences as inspiration for the visual style. One particular drug experience came later, when the director already was planning the film, and traveled to the Peruvian jungle to try Ayahuasca where it is legal. The experience was very intense and Noé regarded it "almost like professional research." Since few in the design team ever had taken a hallucinogen, it became necessary for Noé to collect and provide visual references in the forms of paintings, photographs, music videos and excerpts from films.
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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 06:45

Psychedelic Movies part1

Psychedelic Movies
Here is a run down of Goa Freaks favorite top psychedelic movies. We have tried to keep this list to the best trippy movies that are purely psychedelic or include psychedelic scenes and motives.  
 
01. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Fear and Loathing has one of the best trip scenes of any drug involved movie ще have seen. Actually it is pretty much one long drug fueled crazy adventure. Who can forget the drugged out hotel check-in and reptile zoo bar ! The film has become a true cult smash and is sampled over and over again in popular culture from music, to art to just about anywhere psychedelic drugs are involved. Great acting and Terry Gilliam behind the controls. Awesome movie. This is bat country. A fine example of psychedelic movie making. One of the all time top movies to watch.
 
02. Fritz the Cat / 9 Lives Of Fritz the Cat
Fritz the Cat is a 1972 American animated comedy film written and directed by Ralph Bakshi as his feature film debut. Based on the comic strip of the same name by Robert Crumb, the film was the first animated feature film to receive an X rating in the United States. It focuses on Fritz (voiced by Skip Hinnant), an anthropomorphic feline in mid-1960s New York City who explores the ideals of hedonism and sociopolitical consciousness. The film is a satire focusing on American college life of the era, race relations, the free love movement, and left- and right-wing politics. Fritz the Cat is the most successful independent animated feature of all time, grossing over $100 million worldwide.
 
03. The Trip
Director Roger Corman had just had a big hit with his biker film The Wild Angels (1966) and The Trip was an attempt to further exploit the youth counter-culture market he had stumbled onto. Roger Corman was not the originator of the LSD film but The Trip was the most high profile in the brief fad for LSD films during the late 1960s. In this drama, Paul Groves (Peter Fonda) takes his first dose of LSD while experiencing the heartbreak and ambivalence of divorce from his beautiful but adulterous wife, played by Susan Strasberg. He starts his trip with a "guide," John (Bruce Dern), but runs away and abandons out of fear. As Paul experiences his trip, he wanders around the Sunset Strip, into nightclubs, and the homes of strangers and acquaintances. He considers the roles played by commercialism, sex, the role of women in his life. Jack Nicholson wrote the original screenplay. Corman encouraged Nicholson's experimental writing style and gives between 80 and 90 percent credit to Nicholson for the final shot script in the director's commentary appearing on the DVD of this film. Corman only slightly modified the story to stay within budget. Acid movies 101.
 
04. Pink Floyd : The Wall
Pink Floyd The Wall is a 1982 British live-action/animated musical film directed by Alan Parker based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album The Wall. The film is highly metaphorical and is rich in symbolic imagery and sound. It features very little dialogue and is mainly driven by Pink Floyd's music. The film contains fifteen minutes of elaborate animation sequences by the political cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe, part of which depict a nightmarish vision of the German bombing campaign over the United Kingdom during World War II set to the song "Goodbye Blue Sky". The film depicts the construction and ultimate demolition of a metaphorical wall, alienation. One of the best trippy movies ever.
 
05. Yellow Submarine
Another music based film, Yellow Submarine is a 1968 British animated feature film based on the music of The Beatles. It is also the title for the soundtrack album to the feature film, released as part of The Beatles' music catalog. The film was directed by animation producer George Dunning, and produced. The real Beatles participated only in the closing scene of the film, with the fictional counterparts of The Beatles voiced by other actors. The film received a widely positive reception from critics and audiences alike. It is also credited with bringing more interest in animation as a serious art form. Time commented that it "turned into a smash hit, delighting adolescents and esthetes alike". The animation of Yellow Submarine has sometimes falsely been attributed to the famous psychedelic pop art artist of the era, Peter Max; but the film's art director was Heinz Edelmann. Edelmann, along with his contemporary Milton Glaser, pioneered the psychedelic style for which Max would later become famous, but according to Edelmann and producer Al Brodax, as quoted in the book Inside the Yellow Submarine by Hieronimus and Cortner, Max had nothing to do with the production of Yellow Submarine. As far as classic animation goes its one of the best movies ever.
 
06. The Holy Mountain
Sit back.. Relax and get ready to roll. A film that screams "product of its time," The Holy Mountain was Alejandro Jodorowsky's dizzying elegy to the sex, drugs and spiritual awakening of the late 1960s and early 1970s -- a suitably bizarre follow-up to his El Topo (1971). Fascinating although it only fitfully makes sense, The Holy Mountain is beautifully shot and designed, and it suggests what might have resulted if Luis Buñuel, Michelangelo Antonioni, and George Romero had all dropped acid and made a movie together. A Christ-like vagrant and thief wanders through a perverse and unfriendly land until he encounters an enlightened one, who gathers the thief and six of the world's most powerful individuals for a spiritual pilgrimage. If that description sounds a bit sketchy, well, narrative isn't this film's strongest suit. But if you want to see the conquest of Mexico re-enacted by reptiles, soldiers shoot innocent people as birds fly from their wounds, and a wizard turn feces into gold, this is the movie for you.The central members of the cast were said to have spent three months doing various spiritual exercises guided by Oscar Ichazo of the Arica Institute. The Arica training features Zen, Sufi and yoga exercises along with eclectic concepts drawn from the Kabbalah, the I Ching and the teachings of Gurdjieff. After the training, the group lived for one month communally in Jodorowsky's home before shooting began. Jodorowsky was also instructed by Ichazo to take LSD for the purpose of spiritual exploration. He also administered psilocybin mushrooms to his actors during the shooting of the death-rebirth scene. The Beatles member George Harrison was intended to play the main character but he withdrew when he read in the script he had to wash his anus in front of the camera ! As far as trippy movies go - this takes the cake !
 
07. Fantastic Planet
FP is an animated sci-psych-fi film directed by René Laloux in 1973. The story is based on the novel Oms en série, by the French writer Stefan Wul. The film depicts a future in which human beings, known as "Oms" (a word play on the French-language word hommes, meaning men), are creatures on the Draags' home planet, where they are seen as pests and sometimes kept as pets (with collars). The Draags are an alien race which is humanoid in shape but a hundred times larger than humans, with blue skin, fan-like earlobes and huge, protruding red eyes. The Draags also live much longer than human beings – one Draag week equals a human year. Some Oms are domesticated as pets, but others run wild, and are periodically exterminated. The Draags' treatment of the Oms is ironically contrasted with their high level of technological and spiritual development. The film is chiefly noted for its surreal imagery, the work of French writer and artist Roland Topor. The landscape of the Draag planet is full of strange creatures, including a cackling predator which traps small fluttering animals in its cage-like nose, shakes them to death and hurls them to the ground. The Draag practice of meditation, whereby they commune psychically with each other and with different..
To be continued.....
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Psychedelic Movies part3

Psychedelic art and cinema
Psychedelic art, fashion, design and architecture were all contributed greatly to the creation of a psychedelic culture expressed in various artistic forms. Yet when it comes to reproducing the psychedelic experience, it seems that film and video had an altogether different potential. Psychedelic visions are after all not not static, buy dynamic and related to sound.
An effective use of moving pictures and a soundtrack can powerfully recreate elements of the psychedelic experience. This would appear to be part of the reason, why psychedelic film and video would achieve an even greater popularity than did the more static reproductions of the psychedelic experience such as art, fashion, design and architecture.
 
Already Huxley noted in his Heaven and Hell that the equivalent of the magic-lantern show of earlier times is the colored movie. “In the huge, expensive ‘spectacular’, the soul of the masque goes marching along” wrote Huxley. He was fascinated by various films with visionary properties, such as Disney’s The Living Desert and claimed that film has the power to create a “vision inducing phantasm”. Psychedelic elements have actually emerged on film already as early as the 1920s as could be seen in this short silent animation film from 1926 as well on Disney’s 1940s films Fantasia and Dumbo the Flying Elephant, which both contained elaborate psychedelic sequences, and whose chief visualist is reputed to have participated in Kurt Beringer’s mescaline experiments in 1920s Berlin.
 
The 1960s psychedelic genre of film distinguished itself through such films as “Psych-Out” (1968), “The Trip”, (1967), “Easy Rider” (1969) and of course the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” (1968) and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey which was frequented in cinema by numerous tripping hippies who immensely enjoyed the closing hyper-psychedelic 30 minutes sequence.
And while the attraction and novelty of the psychedelic style seemed to diminish in the beginning of the 1970s, the attempts to recreate the psychedelic visual aesthetic on film kept evolving.

 
Experimental movie makers such as Vince Collins and Toshio Matsumoto explored psychedelic aesthetics throughout the 1970s, while new motion pictures introduced movie-goers to more elaborate and sophisticated cinematic renditions of the psychedelic experience, created about with the help of new production techniques and technologies in films such as Ken Russel’s 1980’s Altered States and Terry Gilliam’s 1998 version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

But while these might seem as solitary examples, a far deeper cultural momentum was at work, advancing the integration of psychedelic aesthetic into popular culture. As I showed above, Huxley already noted the visionary aspect of commercial designs such as colorful printed advertisements or neon lights. As technology and media evolved side by side with late capitalism, psychedelic aesthetic and consumer society would find a common field of resonance.
 
Electronic media, which media theorist Marshall McLuhan described as humanity’s nervous system, and which Erik Davis called a technology of the self, would become a new and most effective form of consciousness altering medium. The visual properties of psychedelics, which expressed themselves not only through color but also through a new and more dynamic approach to video editing, would become integrated into the popular culture, while better, bigger screens and higher resolutions created a distinctly psychedelic hyper-real quality in many of the new clips and videos.
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