ABOUT THE FILM
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Errol Morris (The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara) a psychedelic head trip crossed with a possible CIA conspiracy and wrapped in a fascinating love story. Errol Morris’ latest documentary takes us on an Alice in Wonderland adventure deep inside a largely forgotten episode of the early ‘70s. Told through the lens of Swiss-born, Paris-raised free spirit Joanna Harcourt-Smith, Timothy Leary’s lover, MY PSYCHEDELIC LOVE STORY examines the twists and turns that led Leary, the High Priest of LSD, to seemingly sell out the millions he urged to “turn on, tune in and drop out” and become a narc in 1974. At the heart of the story is the woman Leary described as his “perfect love.” Was she a government pawn, a Mata Hari, or simply a beautiful, young, intelligent woman on the trip of a lifetime? Through a series of candid interviews, Morris and Harcourt-Smith reexamine this chaotic period, resulting in a singular snapshot of the early 1970s’ cultural landscape—and its profound impact on the trajectory of one woman’s life.
MY PSYCHEDELIC LOVE STORY