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When my friend Tao suggested we help director and activist Gay Dillingham to use the master interview to Timothy Leary and Ram Dass (than Richard Alpert) shot in 1996 by his friend Alan Kozlowski, to make a documentary about them, I coud not say no. I think the two Harvard professors' legacy will increase with time. The current psychedelic renaissance is focused on the medicinal aspect of these compounds, which is necessary to legalize them, but then I expect another very important application to eventually become mainstream: ontological inquiry. I think these medicines can help folks to find their life purpose.

Two friends, Ram Dass & Timothy Leary, the era they shaped and their exploration of the next frontier - death. Narrated by Robert Redford

In the early 1960's Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary & Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics.

Leary became the LSD guru challenging convention, questioning authority and as a result spawned a global counter culture movement landing him in prison after Nixon called him the most dangerous man in America.

Alpert became Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher for an entire generation teaching service through compassion leading his followers through a collective spiritual transformation.

These two very complex and controversial characters danced in, out and through each other's lives until ultimately Leary's terminal cancer inspired their final meeting.

In this historic the two luminaries engaged in a deep conversation about life, death and the psychedelic explorations that began it all.  Soon after Ram Dass suffered a massive stroke, a surprising new chapter that gave his observations ever more depth.

Dying To Know dives deep into the cultural taboos of sex, drugs and death while celebrating a friendship of epic proportions between two unlikely characters that shaped a generation.

In the last existing footage of their relationship they invite us to ponder age-old questions about the great mystery of life,  death.



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+ Bonus Footage

2 hours of curated extras! Shenanigans from TIMOTHY LEARY and RAM DASS’s last recorded session together in 1995 + Ram Dass after Tim’s death + Highlights from: DR. ANDREW WEIL, ROSHI JOAN HALIFAX, JOANNA HARCOURT-SMITH, LAMA TSULTRIM ALLIONE, ZACH LEARY and HUSTON SMITH.

+ Just Say Know
A Surprising Portrait of a Family on Drugs (30m)

+ 120m of extra Interviews
Psychedelic Luminaries One:
Gabor Maté, Rick Doblin, Jullie Holland

+ 200m of extra Interviews
Psychedelic Luminaries Two:
Daniel Pinchbeck, Stan Grof, Sasha Shuglin, Jeremy Narby, Ralph Metzner, Sting, Amanda Feilding, Kathi Von Koeber, Joe Rogan

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