Filmmaker will be in attendance at select screenings at the Fisher Theatre
Sedona AZ (January 20, 2016) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the encore of “Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary” Jan. 29-Feb. 4 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The film premiered last spring at the Illuminate Film Festival to rave reviews. Producer and director Gay Dillingham will be in Sedona to host the film and Q&A at the Sunday and Monday screenings.
Robert Redford narrates this enlightening and entertaining journey of two iconic lives.
Whether you’ve heard of them or not, Ram Dass and Timothy Leary have changed your life and shaped a generation.
Now, nearly 50 years later, a new documentary re-assesses the lives of two iconic figures through the lens of their work, successes and failures, collaboration, and remarkable journey through life. Together as friends, collaborators and individuals they were both celebrated and vilified. Once viewed as luminaries of social change, they were also portrayed as caricatures in a larger power game of political upheaval. In reality, by choice or by chance, they became two sides of a coin, the mind and the heart of a generation.
After 19 years in the making, the feature documentary incorporates 80 years of rare footage and never before seen interviews of Leary and Ram Dass. Director Gay Dillingham explores an iconic history of personal, professional and collective struggles and updates it for future generations. Her lucid and intimate portrait of the life and times of Tim Leary and Ram Dass ultimately begs a new conversation around their contributions to the science of the mind and the heart. Dying To know examines their seminal work as individuals and together as potentially more relevant today than in the past.
“The idea of anything that expands our thinking beyond conventional borders has always been of interest to me,” said Robert Redford. “When I see the living, breathing portraits of these characters, especially the early archival footage… To see them intelligent and smart – they were a kind of blessing considering how they have been caricatured in later times. I like what this film explores and I’m glad to be a part of it.”
“Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Jan. 29-Feb. 4. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 29 and 31 and Feb. 2 and 3; and 4 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, Feb. 1 and 4. Producer and director Gay Dillingham will be in Sedona to host the film and Q&A at the Sunday and Monday screenings.
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.