The Third Annual Psychedelic Film and Music Festival’s Virtual Event Runs from Jan. 14-17

Event Announces Virtual Discussion With Psychedelic Researcher Dr. Dennis McKenna

Four-Day Festival Will Showcase Films and Music to Audiences Throughout the World

Today marks the beginning of the virtual edition of The Third Annual Psychedelic Film and Music Festival, running January 14th through January 17th with a lineup of science fiction, horror, and fantasy films, music videos, and in-depth panels. Screenings set to explore the altered states of consciousness and truth behind the vibrant and enduring psychedelic culture can be accessed on

The event is also proud to announce that researcher and ethnopharmacologist Dr. Dennis McKenna will sit down for a virtual discussion on Saturday, January 16th at 2:30pm EST. Dr. McKenna, a founding board member and Director of Ethnopharmacology at the Heffter Research Institute and noted lecturer and author, will talk about various topics such as a psychedelic revolution, the influence of capitalism, finding sanity in the midst of the pandemic, and various other developments faced within the psychedelic community. To access the free live stream, visit

The mission of the festival is to raise awareness about the psychedelic experience through media and meditative practices with an emphasis on helping audiences explore their innermost creativity and self-expression. “Psychedelic methods free us from our rigid mindsets,” said Daniel Abella, the founder and director of the festival. “These experiences are produced by visceral art forms that force the viewer to step out of their comfort zone and explore the unknown so they can become stronger and feel more alive.” Through its lineup, the event will showcase films that cinematically explore psychedelic experiences through abstract imagery, saturated colors, hyperreal dialogue and surrealistic landscapes. In addition, music videos invoke these experiences through various melodies and mantras that disorient and expand the consciousness of the listener.

Screenings begin on Thursday, January 14th with a collection of ‘groovy’ short films including Burning Man – The Build directed by Matthew Emmi that explores the art and culture of the Burning Man festival, and Flaming Chicken directed by Gerald Varney which examines the psychedelic 1960s memories of a San Francisco-bound plane passenger. The block also features Phoebe Parsons’ Terror Fervor which draws upon the experimental films of the 1960s and 1970s to take viewers through a psychedelic non-linear journey, and Jil Guyon’s Heat WaveHallucination which transports the viewer into the world of vibrant colors and hypnotic sound. The night concludes with the documentary The People Who Suspend directed by Lukas Larson who sets out to study people who practice body suspension. On Friday, January 15th, a block of ’surrealistic’ short films kicks off with The Chamber of Genesis directed by Konstantin Pavlenko which questions our existence through the use of unusual images. Further films include Circular directed by Collectif A BAo A Qou about a hermit who intends to create a man by the force of his dreams and impose it on reality, and the nightmarish Voices: Final Cut directed by Odd Magnus Grimeland about a man who is awakened from an uneasy sleep and is haunted by evil. The screening is followed by the Edgar Pera-directed feature Magnetic Pathways which follows a soul-searching man in an authoritarian-controlled Portugal.

A packed weekend schedule begins on Saturday, January 16th with short films that deal in ‘myth, magick and madness.’ Titles include the animated Demiurge directed by Ben Panfil about an overbearing creator of a new world, The Legend of Bryngolau directed by Amy Daniel about a birdwatcher whose search for a falcon takes a strange turn, and the music video Holy Water directed by Noor-un-nisa Touchon about the spiritual path to enlightenment. Next up is a block of shorts that tackle ‘the mind revolution’ which includes Pierre Ajavon’s Fixing a Hole that uses NASA lunar sound recordings mixed with experimental electronic music, and Michael Ben Abu’s Lucid about the vibrant correlation between dreaming and painting. Also presented are a pair of visual music collaborations by Jing Wang and Harvey Goldman including StrangeAttractors and Uriel, both of which create synesthesia-like experiences where the audience is able to “see” the music and “hear” the visuals. A block of psychological horror follows with films such as Stew directed by Tommy Hallal about a suburban housewife who confronts an inner-darkness during a dinner with her family, and the stop motion The Funhouse Waltz directed by Carvin Knowles about an abandoned carnival funhouse where the sins of the past are doomed to be repeated. Then, the supernatural thriller Nina of the Woods directed by Charlie Griak closes out the night. The feature serves as a meditative take on the thriller genre and follows an aspiring actress and a documentary crew who encounter an ancient force while filming a supernatural-themed reality series.

On Sunday, January 17th, psychedelic animation takes center stage with films that include The Daily Heavy directed by Arturo Baston which follows the infiltration of a bacterium from outer space, and La Vuelta de la Polilla directed by Brian C O’Malley and Daniel A Peneng about a young shaman’s discovery of a moth that holds the secret of transcendence. Then, a series of films display visionary landscapes with the presentations of Zareh Tjeknavorian’s Embers of the Sun about the beauty of Armenia’s prehistoric monuments, and Chris Myhr’s Fathoms – The Weight of Smoke about the complex interrelationships between land, water, living things and air. The event also features a trio of music videos composed by Ava Lynch, a solo artist who blends new and old genres to create unique and stimulating sounds. The works include the January 16th screenings of Panic about a catatonic man who faces his inner demons, and Unbeliever about a man who rejects his religion but finds his heart, followed by Awakening about the voyage of transcendence on January 17th.

The festival’s closing film will be the documentary Veterans Journey Home directed by Frederick Marx, which follows 12 military veterans participating in a 12-day ancient ceremony in the desert to transform their lives. This film selection continues the event’s tradition of highlighting inspirational stories of veterans, who upon their return to civilian life, begin their pursuits of alternative treatments for their struggles with PTSD, addiction and suicide. “The festival feels an obligation to help our veterans by sharing stories of how many service members have recovered through psychedelic practices,” said Abella who views the festival as a platform for helping audiences understand the mental health crisis affecting returning veterans and their families. “The emotional arc of veterans in these stories is wider than most people. After witnessing combat, many are left with a wound that won’t heal through traditional channels. They are among the bravest of individuals and are willing to think outside the box to heal themselves.”


Block 1: Groovy Moments

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Burning Man – The Build (2017)

Director: Matthew Emmi

Run Time/Country: 6 min, USA

Synopsis: A film that celebrates the working culture of Burning Man and explores the build of the artworks featured on the Playa.

Flaming Chicken (2020)

Director: Gerald Varney

Run Time/Country: 20 min, USA

Synopsis: On a plane ride back to San Francisco a passenger remembers the psychedelic Sixties.

Terror Fervor (2019)

Director: Phoebe Parsons 

Run Time/Country: 6 min, Canada

Synopsis: Informed by experimental films from the 1960s and 70s, this film takes the viewer on a psychedelic non-linear journey through the vices of seven characters. The wordless journey plunges the viewer into an experience that is hard to classify and hard to forget.

Here to Eternity with The Godz (2019)

Director: Jeffrey Wengrofsky

Run Time/Country: 10 min, USA

Synopsis: A psychoactive documentary about “The Godz,” one of the first psychedelic rock bands.

Heat Wave Hallucination (2019)

Director: Jil Guyon

Run Time/Country: 2 min, USA

Synopsis: A kaleidoscopic self-portrait that transports the viewer into a world of vibrant, psychedelic colors and hypnotic sound.

Can’t Give Up on You (2014)

Director: Fiona Cochrane

Run Time/Country: 3 min, Australia

Synopsis: A music video featuring The Black Sorrows. A return to psychedelia, ‘cause you just can’t give it up.’

The Botanist (2019)

Director: Giancarlo Tocchini and Kyle Doohan 

Run Time/Country: 12 min, USA

Synopsis: A botanist in the 1970’s sets out in search of a rare mushroom in the wilderness of Montana. 

Psychedelicatessen (2020)

Director: Gary Chambers and Joann Chambers 

Run Time/Country: 20 min, USA

Synopsis: A trippy video featuring music to engage the listener in a deep shamanic trance state, activating the third eye and initiating an altered state of consciousness.

Post-Film Q&A:

A virtual discussion will be held after the screening.

Block 2: Documentary Feature

Time: 9:00pm – 11:00pm

The People Who Suspend (2019)

Director: Lukas Larson

Run Time/Country: 97 min, USA

Synopsis: Director Lukas Larson set out to understand the people who practice body suspension, but what began as a study of other people, ended with the camera pointed at himself as he faced the end of life as he knew it. The People Who Suspend covers everything from the ancient history of this strange ritual to the diverse ways it is practiced in the modern era. This is the first feature documentary specifically focused on the practice of suspension and the people who suspend. 

Post-Film Q&A:

A virtual discussion will be held after the screening.


Block 1: The Surrealistic Edge

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Chamber of Genesis (2020)

Director: Konstantin Pavlenko

Run Time/Country: 15 min, Kazakhstan

Synopsis: An obvious surreal story takes you into the depths of Genesis. You are facing answers to eternal questions in the film, probably that after watching 15 minutes you will think about the sense of life more, or maybe not. The post-apocalyptic Calvary, a dead chicken, a baby carriage in ruins and many other images will feed your soul while watching the film.

Circular (2019)

Director: Collectif A BAo A Qou

Run Time/Country: 13 min, France

Synopsis: A hermit wants to create a man by the force of his dreams and impose it on reality. Circular is a journey into creation. Co-written by a filmmaker, a composer and a saxophone player, it is a piece in which music and visual art were conceived simultaneously and are deeply intertwined in an experimental score. Loosely based on Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Circular Ruins.”

Let the World Go on Sleeping (2021)

Director: Michael Slavich

Run Time/Country: 12 min, USA

Synopsis: Depicting a vision, the film grounds us in an unfamiliar dream. Greeted by a chain of mothers and fathers, a man must make peace with his world in order to save it.

Vision Off (2019)

Director: Quentin Lestienne

Run Time/Country: 12 min, France

Synopsis: A man living alone remembers moments with his ex-wife. He will go beyond his memories and will project himself in his visions.

The Alluring Sway (2020)

Director: Martin Del Camp

Run Time/Country: 7 min, USA

Synopsis: A track in 3 parts created for an experimental art short film with the same title.

Voices: Final Cut (2020)

Director: Odd Magnus Grimeland

Run Time/Country: 5 min, Norway

Synopsis: A man wakes from uneasy sleep, disturbed by the door dog of evil chance at his gate. A nightmarish and strangely familiar scene returns to haunt him yet again.

Dream Diaries (2019)

Director: Rich Warwick

Run Time/Country: 3 min, UK

Synopsis: Based on a dream that occurred on December 20.

Her Infinity (2019)

Director: Evan Patrick

Run Time/Country: 12 min, USA

Synopsis: Tiffany is sitting in Marcella’s chair while texting Kaia. She confirms the purchase of plane tickets to Tulum. Tiffany looks down and addresses Marcella, who is dead on the floor. Tiffany begins a monologue about dots of light in the darkness that slowly converge into a spotlight.

Rainbow in the Dark (2020)

Director: Ben Mosca

Run Time/Country: 5 min, USA

Synopsis: A cosmic PSA announcement.

Post-Film Q&A:

A virtual discussion will be held after the screening.

Block 2: Magical Realism Feature

Time: 9:00pm – 11:00pm

Magnetic Pathways (2018)

Director: Edgar Pera

Run Time/Country: 97 min, Portugal

Synopsis: Portugal is ruled by an authoritarian plutocracy and one man descends into a night of drunken soul searching and humiliation after his beloved daughter is wedded to one of the power elite.

Post-Film Q&A:

A virtual discussion will be held after the screening.


Block 1: Myth, Magick, Madness

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Demiurge (2020)

Director: Ben Panfil

Run Time/Country: 5 min, USA

Synopsis: When the overbearing creator places his child onto a new world, he quickly discovers it is difficult to let go of what he has made. In a clash between evolution and divine intervention, the creator must learn to let his child be part of the world. Animation.

The Legend of Bryngolau (2020)

Director: Amy Daniel

Run Time/Country: 16 min, UK

Synopsis: Rick is a wandering birdwatcher in search of a falcon, crossing the wilds of Wales and living off the land. As night falls over his camp, his search takes a strange turn.

Over Here? (2020)

Director: ZZ Tan

Run Time/Country: 11 min, China

Synopsis: In a city, people flow ceaselessly, like rivers. She says…but stops short. Masks. No, they are not untouchable. They are on your face, or in your face? Across the overpass, drifting around the corners of the world, she and he step into a rapidly changing dream. They wait at the airport, seeing the surge of time and space. Can the spoon catch the tears? It stays on the spine, reflecting light. The melodica is played again and again. Spume move gently along the shore. What is Flowing? What is Moving?

To Her (2019)

Director: Jacobo Ardolino

Run Time/Country: 13 min, Italy

Synopsis: Orpheus lives in the memory of a past love from which he cannot free himself. His empty eyes make him unable to see love again but the encounter with a painter will give him the courage to embark on a journey into his own hell to permanently erase the shadow of Eurydice.

Panic (2020)

Composer: Ava Lynch

Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA

Synopsis: In this music video, a catatonic man comes face to face with his demons.

Loss of Reality (2019)

Director: Martin Holper

Run Time/Country: 27 min, Germany

Synopsis: Momo is a young man who would rather take drugs and fool around with his girlfriend than work at his parent’s shop. His irresponsible behavior towards himself starts soon to affect his family and friends.

Norazia (2019)

Director: Cullen Hamblen

Run Time/Country: 10 min, USA

Synopsis: A young man is taken to a strange place for help with the loss of someone close to him.

A Trip to the Holotropic (2020)

Director: Justin St Cyr

Run Time/Country: 6 min, USA

Synopsis: After the director’s first experience with Holotropic breathwork, he was inspired to create a visual interpretation of this experience. Breath is our life force, and considering this, he wanted to reflect on this energy through self-expression.

Color Study: Brujas del Sol 2.0 (2019)

Director: Steve McGuire

Run Time/Country: 9 min, USA

Synopsis: A tale of bewitching in mythic forms.

Holy Water (2020)

Director: Noor-un-nisa Touchon

Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA

Synopsis: This music video is about a spiritual path to enlightenment, while facing inner demons along the way and allowing inner guidance to lead the journey.

Post-Film Q&A:

A virtual discussion will be held after the screening.

Block 2: The Mind Revolution

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Re-Education of the Senses (2019)

Director: Erinn E. Hagerty and Adam Savje

Run Time/Country: 12 min, USA

Synopsis: There’s nothing to see here; now, look directly at the screen.” An experimental vision of Bauhausian hypnotherapy orchestrated by sentient technology.

How to Operate Your Mind: A Public Service Announcement by Timothy Leary (2019)

Director: Stephen Dinehart

Run Time/Country: 29 min, UK

Synopsis: A remixed 360 immersive rendition of Timothy Leary’s 1993 public service announcement “How to Operate Your Mind.” The aim of human life is to know thyself. Think for yourself. Question authority. Think with your friends. Create new realities. 

Fixing a Hole (2019)

Director: Pierre Ajavon

Run Time/Country: 3 min, France

Synopsis: By trying to fix a hole to stop our mind from wandering on the other side. The film uses lunar films mixed with an experimental electronic music composition including NASA lunar sound recordings.

Digits of Pi (2019)

Director: Tom Bessoir

Run Time/Country: 3 min, USA

Synopsis: Pi meets Duchamp in a transcendental film. Inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s “Anemic Cinema,” the director set out to create a film composed within a circular frame. This circular composition led directly to using the number pi for the underlying structure. Having the digits of Pi sung on the soundtrack is an homage to “Einstein on the Beach” by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson. 

Strange Attractors (2020)

Director: Jing Wang and Harvey Goldman 

Run Time/Country: 5 min, USA

Synopsis: Amid the ineffable uncertain void of Shiva’s gamma annihilation and one grain avalanches, the frenetic and torpid whorl of gluons and muons, shudder and judder upon the soul of Democritus. Heisenberg’s bifurcations, the restless swarming of Yin and Yang are reckoned in the ephemeral pirouettes of Dirac’s space and time. The “visual music” collaborations of Jing Wang and Harvey Goldman attempt to produce a synesthesia like experience. The audience is encouraged to “see” the music and “hear” the visuals. The imagery and audio components are constructed without hierarchy, a true melding of sound and image. 

Lucid (2019)

Director: Michael Ben Abu 

Run Time/Country: 5 min, Israel

Synopsis: A journey between dreaming and painting. Vibrant drawings and paintings arising out of the artist’s subconscious surfacing in a rapid continuum; archetypal images emerging from the depths of dreams and emotions; and flashes and slivers of time are animated in a sweeping, spiral movement. The sensation of three-dimensionality is intensified by a “twilight zone”-like soundtrack, taking viewers on a dive into the magical sound of colors. 

Uriel (2018)

Director: Jing Wang and Harvey Goldman

Run Time/Country: 6 min, USA

Synopsis: Uriel, prophet of poetry, prince of presence, archangel of the sun, propounds a new troublous truth and suffers the slings and arrows of the celestial Czars. The tumultuous times are upon us. Oh, Nicolaus Copernicus, transcendental historian of heliocentric geometry, forgive us, absolve us, evolve us, if you can. The “visual music” collaborations of Jing Wang and Harvey Goldman attempt to produce a synesthesia like experience. The audience is encouraged to “see” the music and “hear” the visuals. The imagery and audio components are constructed without hierarchy, a true melding of sound and image.

Chonyi (2019)

Director: Simon Cleveland

Run Time/Country: 8 min, USA

Synopsis: The fifth track from the first album in the Horsehead Nebula Trilogy. Composed to be an immersive psychedelic experience, each song has an accompanying visual element based on the manual projection techniques used in the live performances of the Voyager Collective.

Free Yourself (2020)

Composer: Second Coming

Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA

Synopsis: A song from the album “Fall of Babylon.”

Post-Film Q&A:

A virtual discussion will be held after the screening.

Block 3: Psychedelic Horror and Magical Realism

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Stew (2019)

Director: Tommy Hallal

Run Time/Country: 14 min, USA

Synopsis: Feeling nostalgic for a sense of family, a suburban housewife prepares a lavish family dinner for her husband and two sons. However, each family member continues to derail her plans, and as they do, a latent darkness within her bubbles up to the surface. As the night goes on, it seems the harder she tries to get the dinner back on track, the more her dream of a night turns into a waking nightmare.

Stuk (2019)

Director: Nadira Murray

Run Time/Country: 8 min, UK

Synopsis: Troubled teen Angela enters the toilet to refresh herself. She feels odd. She hears a sudden gunshot and screams – “the night club is under attack.” Angela fears for her life; or is her mind playing tricks?

Gorky Max (2019)

Director: Pavel Motygin

Run Time/Country: 6 min, Russia

Synopsis: A music video clip from the group RHBZ.

The Great Hilario – King of Clowns (2019)

Director: Malachi Smyth

Run Time/Country: 3 min, UK

Synopsis: The Great Hilario, forgotten legend of the Big Top, retires to his dressing room to remove his make-up. But who is the man beneath the painted smile? Where does the performer end and the individual start?

Fading Fires (2019)

Director: Ed Smith and Jonathan Williams

Run Time/Country: 5 min, UK

Synopsis: In this music video by Kopper, a young painter plagued by self-doubt and creative malaise, resorts to a desperate solution to their identity crisis.

The Reading Room (2020)

Director: Andrew Bond

Run Time/Country: 8 min, USA

Synopsis: A young woman is accosted by a mysterious force that is trying to get her to read.

The Funhouse Waltz (2017)

Director: Carvin Knowles

Run Time/Country: 19 min, New Zealand

Synopsis: In a forgotten, abandoned carnival funhouse, the sins of the past are doomed to repeat their dark secrets for all eternity. Stop motion/animation.

Unbeliever (2020)

Composer: Ava Lynch

Run Time/Country: 7 min, USA

Synopsis: In this music video from the album “Light and Dark,” a man rejects his religion but finds his heart.

Trepanation (2020)

Director: Nick Flaherty

Run Time/Country: 8 min, UK

Synopsis: What was once familiar is now unrecognizable. All previous desires are overshadowed by the need to disappear completely.

Trouble for Miles (2020)

Director: Jamin Scotti

Run Time/Country: 8 min, USA

Synopsis: A young girl recounts her traumatic death, while navigating a purgatory fashioned for the Digital Age.

Post-Film Q&A:

A virtual discussion will be held after the screening.

Block 4: Supernatural Thriller Feature

Time: 9:00pm – 11:00pm

Nina of the Woods (2019)

Director: Charlie Griak

Run Time/Country: 91 min, USA

Synopsis: A meditative take on the thriller genre that follows the story of aspiring actress, Nina Noon, after she agrees to lend her “local authenticity” a supernatural reality TV show filming near the tiny town she left as a young child. She and the documentary crew follow an enigmatic guide deep into the labyrinthine wilderness, where they seem to encounter an ancient, hypnotic force that locks the team under a subtle spell. 

Post-Film Q&A:

A virtual discussion will be held after the screening.


Block 1: Psychedelic Animation

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Uberfrog (2020)

Director: Thomas Kurtakko

Run Time/Country: 12 min, Finland

Synopsis: When a chase for a delicious dragonfly goes awry, a frog finds himself on a journey towards higher levels of amphibian consciousness, ultimately leading him down the rabbit hole to face his worst fears.

Half Full (2020)

Director: Olivia Trotter

Run Time/Country: 10 min, USA

Synopsis: A short film anthology on the theme of identity, with each segment featuring a different animator and their personal interpretation of the theme. Personal interpretations include experience, self-acceptance, trans identity, aging, and ego death.

Submerged (2019)

Director: Alex Nelson

Run Time/Country: 3 min, UK

Synopsis: Perspective of a man drowning.

The Daily Heavy (2019)

Director: Arturo Baston

Run Time/Country: 8 min, Spain

Synopsis: Earth is smacked by a bacterium from outer space which leads to dancing, fornication, fighting, and ultimately the coming apart of human systems.

La Vuelta de la Polilla (2019)

Director: Brian C O’Malley and Daniel A Peneng

Run Time/Country: 6 min, USA

Synopsis: A young shaman in search of the eternal light discovers a moth who holds the secret of transcendence. The shaman goes on a quest to join the moth and its flock, discovering ultimate reality.

Shadows Strategy (2019)

Director: Thomas Lisle

Run Time/Country: 10 min, UK

Synopsis: A story of two alien cosmonauts, from an alien race that can manipulate their form as and when they wish, their planet has a problem and they send the two hero’s to find an answer.

Captain Vivid (2018)

Director: Taku Kuroda

Run Time/Country: 44 min, Japan

Synopsis: Our hero awakened to the beauty of bad taste and built his “visionary environment” together with the people who have the same weird obsessions. And when the opponents of his aesthetics attack his world, the hero determines to fight against them to protect his bad taste utopia.

Post-Film Q&A:

A virtual discussion will be held after the screening.

Block 2: Visionary Landscapes – As Above So Below

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Embers of the Sun (2019)

Director: Zareh Tjeknavorian

Run Time/Country: 12 min, Armenia

Synopsis: This impressionistic short film evokes the otherworldly beauty of Armenia’s prehistoric monuments and their sacred landscapes. The monoliths and rock art of the highlands are vestiges of the mysterious Bronze Age peoples that hunted and worshipped in this remote volcanic realm some 4 thousand years ago.

Urban Landscape (2019)

Director: Nicholas Gebbe

Run Time/Country: 5 min, Germany

Synopsis: If you walk through the city you are often not aware of the outside. The images seen mix with thoughts, occasionally fail, are sketchy. Only certain parts of the path are perceived and when you remember, these snapshots form a collage of some sort. With the technique of photogrammetry in Urban Dreamscape these parts are captured and staged in such a way that they empathize with this phenomenon. Many individual photos are used to create 3d objects. These are edited, merged and distorted. A dream landscape arises.

Bravas (2019)

Director: Peter A. Sandmark and Trace Nelson

Run Time/Country: 3 min, Canada

Synopsis: A short experimental film starting with images from painting directly on 16 mm celluloid, then transformed in the editing, and augmented by digitally modified sounds we captured in our day to day lives.

The Valley (2019)

Director: Gavin Hopkins

Run Time/Country: 14 min, New Zealand

Synopsis: Devon’s moors are the backdrop for this hybrid film that constructs an imaginary community and frames sentiments of belonging at a time when parochialism and nationalism are globally prevailing. Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” Hopkins grafts portraits of his forebears across these uncanny landscapes. A subtext of Doyle’s classic novel negotiates yearnings for a homecoming and a mythical ancestral land.

Awakening (2020)

Composer: Ava Lynch

Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA

Synopsis: An instrumental voyage of Transcendence.

Fathoms – The Weight of Smoke (2018)

Director: Chris Myhr

Run Time/Country: 6 min, Canada

Synopsis: The exploration of the complex interrelationships between the spheres of land, water, living things, and air. The work ruminates on the idea of water as a medium through which organization and entropy operate simultaneously. The Ocean acts as both a generative/constructive influence, as well as an agent of immense and unpredictable destructive power – it is from this medium that all things originate, and will eventually return.

Asleep (2020)

Director: Massimiliano Ceroni

Run Time/Country: 8 min, Netherlands

Synopsis: Asleep is what happens after Dusk. Asleep is an inner trip, an abstract vision inside the eyelids made by colored shapes moving in the darkness, when you’re close to falling asleep but not yet there, stoned in the middle of two different realities, out of the time. 

Summoning (2019)

Director: Thomas Javier Castillo

Run Time/Country: 6 min, USA

Synopsis: An experimental video piece about landscape, body, and ritual. Seeking the mythic and mystical in the landscapes of the Midwest.

End of Confusion (2020)

Composer: Second Coming

Run Time/Country: 4 min, USA

Synopsis: From the album “Fall of Babylon,” this music video is about coming to grips with the Earth’s crisis and finding hope.

Sama (2019)

Director: Hüseyin Mert Erverdi

Run Time/Country: 11 min, Turkey

Synopsis: A whirling cosmic journey of ascension, starting from ‘Khaos,’ an ocean of unmanifested form, a void state preceding the universe’s birth to the sphere of planets of the solar system, to stars, Primum Mobile and beyond. Sama, is in a sense trying to contribute a response to an age-old question of: “is it possible to create a film that both induces and reproduces a transcendental experience?”

Things I Have Seen In My Dreams (2019)

Director: Joao Pedro Oliveira

Run Time/Country: 11 min, Brazil

Synopsis: We dream…sometimes we have nightmares, or dreams that make us sad, anguished, or simply indifferent. But occasionally, there are dreams that project in our mind images and sounds of great beauty. This piece is a recollection and variations on some of these images and sounds I remember from my dreams. It is dedicated to Mario Mary. 

Future Italian Fescoes (2019)

Director: Salvatore Garau

Run Time/Country: 25 min, Italy

Synopsis: An artist takes possession of space again and paints coexisting with the mystery that lives in those walls and the distressing presences that still live inside that space. The painter remains involved by the suggestions that are breathed by the abandoned altarpieces, true protagonists of the film.

Post-Film Q&A:

A virtual discussion will be held after the screening.

Block 3: Feature Documentary

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Veterans Journey Home (2020)

Director: Frederick Marx

Run Time/Country: 100 min, USA

Synopsis: A cohort of 12 military veterans do an ancient, 12-day, wilderness Vision Fast ceremony in the desert in Washington that includes four days of solo fasting on the land using only water and minimal shelter. Directed by the producer and co-writer of the 1994 documentary HoopDreams.

Post-Film Q&A:

A virtual discussion will be held after the screening.

Awards Ceremony:

Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Awards are presented to the category winners as The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival concludes.

Festival Link and Admission:

Screenings and admission can be accessed at

About The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival:

The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival explores the altered states of consciousness and psychedelia created by film, music, art and other forms of media. Showcasing independent feature films, shorts, music videos and documentaries, and panels with distinguished guests, the festival pushes the boundaries of psychedelic and noetic realities to give audiences a unique and visceral experience.



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