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Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary

Director Gay Dillingham in person

Part of Winter of Love

“It is a tremendous and beautiful piece of filmmaking … deeply engaging and touching.” —Darren Aronofsky

In the 1960s, two Harvard psychology professors collaborated on experiments with psychedelics: one led the movement for mind-altering drugs and landed in prison (Timothy Leary), the other transformed into spiritual leader Ram Dass. Some 50 years later, the camera is there to record a final conversation between the two old friends as they envision how expanded thinking shapes their concepts of dying. Robert Redford narrates this intimate film that incorporates more than 80 years of rare footage and interviews. (2014, DCP, 95 minutes)


Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia is organized by the Walker Art Center, and assembled with the assistance of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The exhibition is made possible by generous support from the Martin and Brown Foundation, the Prospect Creek Foundation, Annette and John Whaley, and Audrey and Zygi Wilf. Support for the exhibition catalogue is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Walker Art Center publications. Media partner Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

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