About this project
Conceptafilm is making a feature length documentary called "Better Living Through Chemistry." This film will tell the story of underground psychedelic chemistry: the people who made the drugs; their adventures evading the law; and society’s mixed emotions about the experiences they produced.
Beginning with the prohibition against LSD in 1966 and lasting until Sand’s final capture in 1996, a large amount of the underground LSD available in North America was made by
Nicholas Sand: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Sand and Tim Scully: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Scully , initially in partnership with Owsley Stanley: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owsley_Stanley .
This film tells the story of ‘Orange Sunshine,’ 'White Lightening,' 'Purple Monterey' and other incarnations of LSD. Sand & Scully made the finest, purest LSD ever created, & evaded the law for a really long time.
We will hear from the chemists themselves; their kids, wives and ex-wives; business associates; friends; former friends; psychedelic groupies; narcotics agents; and the judge who was called out of retirement to convict Nick for a second time.
The DEA wanted to make an example of them, so the court gave Nick 15 years and Tim 20. Tim sold his company to its employees, tried to console his widowed mother, and went to prison. Nick jumped bail and headed to Canada, where he continued making psychedelics for another 20 years.
Our subjects were not in it for the money: they were on a mission from God (most of the time). This film relates the true legacy of the 1960s: the drug war, the psychedelic vision, and humanity’s ongoing struggle to value love over money.
Sand and Scully have taken a completely candid approach to this film and granted Conceptafilm the exclusive right to tell this story. Because of their support, many doors have opened: archival materials - documents, photos, and old home movies - have arrived on our doorstep. Secondary subjects are stepping up to have their say.
We met Nick &Tim a few years ago, while researching the earlier film, "Hofmann's Potion:" http://www.nfb.ca/film/hofmanns_potion . In some ways, this project is a continuation of that story - although very different stylistically.
We are currently raising development money for what will be a feature-length documentary. With the funds we raise through Kickstarter, we will shoot & edit a short demo, and write a treatment for the film. A budget and marketing plan will complete the development package. With these tools, we will have no trouble finding completion financing.
The money we raised on kickstarter funded the development of the film, not the film's production. We still have a lot of money to raise and it may take a while. We are pursuing traditional industry routes to fund this film, but private donations are always welcome. Join the facebook page for the film to see more updates!
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