Beyond Life: Timothy Leary (1997)

Run Time - 79 min.  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Alice Duncan

In the 1960s, Timothy Leary, a psychologist and former Harvard professor who transformed himself into an irreverent yet inquisitive philosopher, led many seekers (and partiers) into LSD-enhanced states of consciousness. Consistent with his lifelong sense of exploration and enjoyment of the outrageous, Leary continued to take drugs throughout his life. While dying of prostate cancer in 1996, he kept in touch with his fans on the Internet, offered observations on how it felt to be dying, and allowed the final days of his life to be recorded. Allen Ginsberg, Yoko Ono, and other friends and associates talk about Leary and the effects he had on their lives and work. The last full-length interview that Leary ever granted is also featured in the video. Using archival footage and flashbacks, the documentary offers a colorful trip through the life, experiments, and modes of thought of a controversial icon.