Dying to Know is an intimate portrait celebrating two very complex, controversial characters in an epic friendship that shaped a generation.
In the early 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and 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 (you may remember him from his famous phrase ‘Turn on, tune in, drop out’), landing in prison after Nixon called him “the most dangerous man in America”. Alpert journeyed to the East becoming Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher for an entire generation who continues in his 80’s teaching service through compassion. He also wrote the influential spiritual book ‘Be Here Now.’
With interviews spanning 50 years, filmmaker Gay Dillingham invites us into the future encouraging us to ponder questions about life, drugs & the biggest mystery of all: death.
Narrated by Robert Redford.
Featuring: Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Robert Redford (narrator), John Perry Barlow, Dean Chamberlain, Peggy Mellon Hitchcock, Zach Leary, Ralph Metzner, Chhultim Sherpa (as Lama Tsultrim Allione), Huston Smith, Andrew Weil
Directed by: Gay Dillingham