Codename Artichoke

21 09 2008

Thursday, September 25th in the TA ( HCL 8 )

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Codename Artichoke

Artichoke, a government project that studied hypnosis, forced morphine addiction (and subsequent forced withdrawal), and the use of other chemicals, among other methods, to produce amnesia and other vulnerable states in subjects.

More than 40 years after his death, the body of former CIA scientist Dr. Frank Olson has been exhumed. Olson’s son Eric is convinced his father was murdered by agents of the American government because he wanted to leave the CIA. Dr. Frank Olson was an expert for anthrax and other biological weapons and had top security clearance. Forensic pathologists at George Washington University performed an autopsy and concluded that Olson probably was the victim of a violent crime.

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The Graphic Novel Messiahs: Moore and Morrison

11 09 2008


Thursday, September 18th in the TA ( HCL 8 )

6:00 PM to 6:40 – “England Their England: Monsters, Maniacs, and Moore.

Though not the only documentary about the comic book author Alan Moore, it is the only one to feature Moore onstage fielding accusatory questions from his own toughest critic: himself. The short film focuses mostly on Moore’s larger influences and his desire to create challenging and thought-provoking works, but also features readings from his books and addresses the man’s irrational hatred of ducks.

Moore discusses the shift from the public perception of comic books as a childish diversion to the acceptance of comics as a culturally relevant artform, and his own attempt to portray the struggle between mankind and nature through Swamp Thing.

Also featured is Moore’s ornithophobic tune “March of the Sinister Ducks.” Criticisms about the inclusion of political content in comic books and the inspiration behind Watchmen.

6:45 PM to 7:45 PM – Grant Morrison at Disinfo Con 2000

Comic book author and chaos magick practitioner, Grant Morrison’s gives a mind blowing talk at the Disinfo Con. Known for such contributions and works as Judge Dredd, Batman (Arkham Asylum), Superman, All Star Superman, JLA, Flash, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, The Invisibles, The Filth, WE3, Seaguy, Marvel Boy, Fantastic Four, New X-Men, Spawn, Vampirella, and the list goes on and on….

Topics include: The Human Condition, The State of the World, Psychedelics, Magick, Society, The Invisibles, Terrence McKenna, Robert Anton Wilson, Aliens, and more.





The Pharmacratic Inquisition

2 11 2007

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Wednesday, November 7th in the TA ( HCL 8 )

Forward Escape is back with one of the most blasphemous and heretical documentaries to date. If you’ve ever wondered whether Jesus Christ was a psychedelic fungi here’s your chance to find out. In truth, this documentary is a wonderful tour through Astrotheology, Religions, Shamanism, and the theories of John Marco Allegro, the first British representative on the international team who worked on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

5 PM- The Pharmacratic Inquisition (120 min)

Thousands of years ago, in the pre monarchic era, psychedelic/entheogenic substances where publicly known world wide, and respected for their ability to bring forth the divine, Yahweh, God, The Great Spirit, etc. by the many cultures who used them. Often the entire tribe or community would partake in the Entheogenic rites. These rites were often used in initiation into adulthood, for healing, to help guide the community in the decision process, and to bring the direct religious experience to anyone seeking it, that might take these psychedelic sacraments properly. Crusades were fought, Inquisitions were enacted, and the so-called “Pagan” or country people lost their lives for their Shamanic beliefs. This happened not only in Europe and the Middle East, but in the Americas under the Spanish Inquisition as well.

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American Drug War: The Last White Hope

7 10 2007

 Drug War

Wednesday, October 10th in the TA

The best documentary you’ll see on the American Drug War! It’s a pre-release and produced by Sacred Cow (the studio behind the works of the legendary comedian Bill Hicks). You’ll be kicking yourself in the face if you miss this.

5 PM- American Drug War: The Last White Hope (120 min)

35 years after Nixon started the war on drugs, we have over one million non-violent drug offenders living behind bars.The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become, how much more can the country endure? Inspired by the death of four family members from “legal drugs” Texas filmmaker Kevin Booth sets out to discover why the Drug War has become such a big failure. Three and a half years in the making, the film follows gang members, former DEA agents, CIA officers, narcotics officers, judges, politicians, prisoners and celebrities. Most notably the film befriends Freeway Ricky Ross; the man many accuse for starting the Crack epidemic, who after being arrested discovered that his cocaine source had been working for the CIA. AMERICAN DRUG WAR shows how money, power and greed have corrupted not just drug pushers and dope fiends, but an entire government. More importantly, it shows what can be done about it. This is not some ‘pro-drug’ stoner film, but a collection of expert testimonials from the ground troops on the front lines of the drug war, the ones who are fighting it and the ones who are living it.After 4 years of production including several sold out test screenings in New York, Austin & Los Angeles, the final version of American Drug War “the last white hope” is locked and loaded.

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More info: http://www.americandrugwar.com/





Hey fucker! Counter-Culture is for Pussies!

7 05 2007

Grant Morrison

Tuesday, May 8th in HCL 4

8:00- Aleister Crowley: The Wickedest Man in the World (BBC)

He is perhaps best known today for his occult writings, especially The Book of the Law, the central sacred text of Thelema. Crowley was also an influential member in several occult organizations, including the Golden Dawn, the Argenteum Astrum, and Ordo Templi Orientis.

Other interests and accomplishments were wide-ranging—he was a chess player, mountain climber, poet, painter, astrologer, hedonist, drug experimenter, and social critic.

Although this documentary is heavily biased against Crowley, it shows a great deal about his life. Dubbed “The Wickedest Man in the World” and “The Beast”, many still see him today as an incarnation of pure evil.

He influenced: The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Graham Bond, Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Grant Morrison, Manic Street Preachers, Tool, The Rolling Stones, Pantera, John Frusciante, Primal Scream, Alphaville, Klaxons, Wicca, The Hippies, Robert Anton Wilson, and countless others.


9:00- The Disinfo Con 2000

Douglas Roshkoff

Winner of the first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, Douglas Rushkoff is an author, New York University professor, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other’s values. He sees “media” as the landscape where this interaction takes place, and “literacy” as the ability to participate consciously in it.

He has written and hosted two award-winning Frontline documentaries – The Merchants of Cool looked at the influence of corporations on youth culture, and  The Persuaders, about the cluttered landscape of marketing, and new efforts to overcome consumer resistance.

Rushkoff graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University.

Topics include: “Us” vs “Them”, Media, Internet, “Counter Culture”, and more.

Grant Morrison

Comic book author and chaos magick practitioner, Grant Mirrison’s gives a mind blowing talk at the Disinfo Con. Known for such contributions and works as Judge Dredd, Batman (Arkham Asylum), Superman, All Star Superman, JLA, Flash, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, The Invisibles, The Filth, WE3, Seaguy, Marvel Boy, Fantastic Four, New X-Men, Spawn, Vampirella, and the list goes on and on….

Topics include: The Human Condition, The State of the World, Psychedelics, Magick, Society, The Invisibles, Terrence McKenna, Robert Anton Wilson, Aliens, and more.





The Heroes of Counter Culture and their Comic Genius

18 03 2007

Tuesday March 20th in HCL 4

8:00 PM – Censoring of Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks
Bands such as Tool, Radiohead, and Rage Against the Machine made tributes to this legendary stand up comedian. This documentary is a rare insight into the battle against censorship that the great Bill Hicks waged against corporate America and its mainstream media for the better part of 15 years.
Hosted by Janeane Garofalo, it documents Bill’s transition from a non- drinking, non- smoking, straight laced funny man, to a hard drinking, hard smoking, drug taking angry ranter, to the happy and finally, peaceful and insightful man of much wisdom.

Rest in Peace- 02.26.1994

9:20 PM – Robert Anton Wilson: Maybe Logic
Robert Anton Wilson
Quantum psychologist. Sit-down comic/philosopher. Discordian Pope. Whatever the label and rank, Robert Anton Wilson is undeniably one of the foundations of 21th Century Western counterculture. Maybe Logic – The Lives and Ideas of Robert Anton Wilson is a cinematic alchemy that conjures it all together in a hilarious and mind-bending journey guaranteed to increase your brain size 2 – 3 inches! Robert Anton Wilson is a man who has passed through the trials of chapel perilous and found himself on wondrous ground where nothing is for certain, even the treasured companionship of a six-foot-tall white Prolific American novelist, essayist, philosopher, futurologist, anarchist. Guerrilla ontologist. Psychedelic magician. rabbit.

Also Featuring: Paul Krassner, Douglas Rushkoff, Douglass Smith, Tom Robbins, R.U. Sirius

Rest in Discord- 01.11.2007





LSD, Ecstasy, and Ibogaine!

10 03 2007

LSD

Tuesday March 13th in HCL 4

8:00 PM- Peter Jennings Reporting: Ecstasy Rising

Ecstasy Rising‘Peter Jennings Reporting: Ecstasy Rising’ aired on the ABC Television Network. In the 1990s, Ecstasy seemed to come out of nowhere to join marijuana, cocaine and heroin as one of the four most widely used illegal drugs in the country. No other drug has ever spread so fast. To halt its spread, the U.S. Government has spent millions of dollars making a dramatic case against Ecstasy as a dangerous drug. The headline of this campaign has been that Ecstasy causes massive brain damage.

But this is a claim based on flawed science, and many Ecstasy users now feel their government has no credibility. What do we know about the real risks of Ecstasy? Has the government been its own worst enemy in the fight to stop the drug’s use? Peter Jennings Reporting: ‘Ecstasy Rising’ takes viewers through the seminal events in this story and introduces all the major players — from Alexander Shulgin, the famous chemist who was the first person to report the effects of Ecstasy, to Michael Clegg, the Dallas businessman who gave Ecstasy its name and turned it into a recreational drug, to the drug enforcement officer who led the fight to make Ecstasy illegal, to the DJ who brought Rave to America. This special tells the definitive story of how an obscure compound, discovered in 1912 and all but forgotten for over 60 years, became the drug of choice for a generation.

(Featuring NCF alum Rick Doblin)

8:45 PM- Ibogaine: Rite of Passage

Ibogaine is a substance that is derived from the root of an African plant that grows in Gabon. This plant is originally used during initiations of the Bwiti culture, but in the sixties the anti-addictive properties of this psychoactive substance were discovered by Howard Lotsof. Ibogaine is surrounded by controversy. The decisions about the use of Ibogaine in the treatment of addiction appear to be made on political and economical, rather than rational basis.

Despite the results that show the efficacy of Ibogaine, the pharmaceutical companies and the government show no interest and stay sceptical. Ibogaine has provided us with more insight in the mechanisms of addiction and the question if it needs to be used for treating this huge western problem gets more and more acknowledgement. Cy (34) has been using a mixture of heroine and amphetamine for about 11 years, but his three children and his ambitions are more valuable to him. Kicking his addiction is a tough job for him. It reveals all his suppressed emotions.

Moussavou (22) lives in the village Mitoné in Gabon. For her the traditional African initiation is part of healing process. She suffered from an illness for more than a year and she hopes that eating the holy plant will be the starting point of a new phase in her life.

This 50 minute documentary shows the different aspects of this special substance by means of personal experiences and explanations of ex-addicts, treatment providers and experts.

9:45 PM- Hofmann’s Potion: LSD Documentary

BikeLong before Timothy Leary urged a generation to “tune in, turn on and drop out,” D-lysergic acid diethylamide (or LSD) was being used by researchers to understand the human mind.

Discovered in 1943 by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, LSD was hailed as a powerful tool to treat alcoholism and drug addiction and to provide a window into schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. Much of that pioneering research was done by the team of Humphry Osmond, Abram Hoffer and Duncan Blewett, all working in Saskatchewan.

While researchers were establishing the medical benefits of LSD, others – like author Aldous Huxley – promoted the drug as a powerful tool for mental exploration and self-understanding. At Harvard, Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Ram Dass (then known as Richard Alpert) became popular heroes after the university cancelled their research project into psychedelics.

Featuring interviews with many LSD pioneers, Hofmann’s Potion is much more than a simple chronicle of the drug’s early days. With its thoughtful interviews, beautiful music and stunning cinematography, it is an invitation to look at LSD – and our world – with a more open, compassionate mind.