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The 1960s Revisited: Independent Psychedelic Film Festival

January 23, 2016 @ 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM


The California Historical Society completes its 3-day festival celebrating the dawn of the 1960s with the screenings of three period films: The Trips Festival Movie, Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place, and Rockin’ at the Red Dog: The Dawn of Psychedelic Rock.


Director Eric Christensen’s independent documentary, The Trips Festival Movie, offers an in-depth look inside the famed Trips Festival. Due to the lack of footage taken at the actual festival, the film relies on fascinating photos, interviews with some of The Trips Festival’s organizers such as Stewart Brand, Ken Kesey and Bill Graham, and a wild and bizarre short of the festival shot by experimental filmmaker Ben Van Meter. The Trips Festival is said to have birthed the entire hippie scene and the revolution of the late 1960s. Influences of The Trips Festival can be seen in present day festivals such as Bonnaroo and Burning Man. Actor Peter Coyote narrates the film.

Magic Trip: Ken Key’s Search for a Kool Place is a freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Band of Prankesters’ legendary cross-country road trip to the New York World’s Fair in 1964. Until the film’s release date in August 2011, the footage of the road trip had never been seen before. The footage serves as a rare and extraordinary piece of American history that most have no understanding of. The film was directed by OSCAR-winning director Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood.

Rockin’ At The Red Dog: The Dawn of Psychedelic Rock documentary chronicles the history behind the wild times at the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada. It is said that the psychedelic sixties were partially conceived there. The film stars The Charlatans, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Don & Roz Works, and Lynne Hughes. The film is directed by Mary Works. It was originally released in 1996 under the title The Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon, but in 2005 when it was re-released on DVD, the title changed to Rockin’ At The Red Dog: The Dawn of Psychedelic Rock.


January 23, 2016
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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