About the Film:
LSD: Problem Child and Wonder Drug captures the fascinating story of LSD as it is eloquently told by Dr. Albert Hofmann, the 100-year-old sage-scientist who brought LSD into the world. With interviews and presentations by Rick Doblin, Alex Grey, Ralph Metzner, Carl Ruck, Goa Gil, and others, this historic message from the father of LSD is a timeless relic and an immediate source of inspiration.
The story is told through an account of the 2006 International LSD Symposium in Basel, Switzerland. At the now-legendary conference, eighty speakers and two thousand participants gathered for three days in honor of Dr. Hofmann's 100th birthday and to hear Dr. Hofmann speak about his life, his discovery, and his thoughts on the psychedelic experience. It was also an occasion for leading doctors, researchers, artists and thinkers in the psychedelic field to present their work.
For the first time in two generations, the use of these drugs is not being presented as harmful or as self-indulgent, but as a rational and valuable addition to therapeutic practice.
By documenting this historic symposium, LSD: Problem Child and Wonder Drug reveals the scientific, medical, artistic, and spiritual issues at the core of the psychedelic debate. While experienced psychonauts will certainly be touched by the words and passion of Dr. Hofmann, the film is also an excellent introduction for friends, parents, and colleagues to the reasons why the psychedelic experience cannot be simply ignored.
Released on the MAPS website on Bicycle Day, April 19, 2009.
Purchase LSD: Problem Child and Wonder Drug now and 50% of the proceeds will go towards advancing psychedelic research what Dr. Hofmann called his "heart's desire."
"This is an important film. It is a comprehensive document of the various effects of LSD and their meaning. The film is a good document of the uniqueness of LSD." -- Dr. Albert Hoffman
About the Filmmaker:
Michael McAteer is a photographer, videographer, producer and television personality based in New York City and Japan. He established Open Mind Vision in 2008 to produce commercial and entertainment media for TV, web, events and other outlets.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Producer: Open Mind Vision
Director: Michael McAteer
Language: English and German
Subtitles: English and Japanese
Release Date: 2008, Switzerland