Dying to Know

  • Never Before Seen Bonus Footage Released!

    Are you Dying to See the footage we could not fit in the 90 minute feature film?  You can now experience over 2 hours of curated extras from our many hours of original interviews recorded between 1995-2013.

    The bonus footage begins with some heartfelt shenanigans of TIMOTHY LEARY and RAM DASS’s last recorded session together in 1995 – you will get a kick out of this material! Then our journey continues chronologically with Ram Dass after Tim’s death as he reflects on Tim, the times and his own death. This extra footage includes more highlights from our cast of characters:  DR. ANDREW WEIL, ROSHI JOAN HALIFAX, JOANNA HARCOURT-SMITH, LAMA TSULTRIM ALLIONE, ZACH LEARY and HUSTON SMITH. If you felt moved and open to the mystery of life and death by the feature film, these extended interviews will expand upon that experience, while putting a smile on your face.

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  • Now Available to Rent or Buy!

    After 2 years of lively community engagement in theaters around the country, Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary is now available for streaming or DVD purchase. The DVD/Blu-ray has 100 minutes of never before seen bonus content, including extra footage of Dr. Andrew Weil and Roshi Joan Halifax, Huston Smith, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Joanna Harcourt Smith, and Zach Leary. I hope you can see it and we will be Dying to Know what you think/feel!

    Streaming: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/dyingtoknowmovie
    DVD/Blu-ray: http://dyingtoknowmovie.com/store
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Know-Dass.../dp/B071VCR8S8

    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/…/dying-to-know-ram-d…/id122896842

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  • The Psychdelia Podcast: Interview with Gay Dillngham

    On this episode of the Psychedelia Podcast, we speak to Gay Dillingham: filmmaker, environmentalist and producer. Gay has just released a film 20 years in the making, “Dying to Know”, a documentary about the relationship between two of the most influential people in the history of modern psychedelics, Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (or Ram Dass). The film brings us to face with the taboo of death and how the psychedelic experience can help our society come to terms with mortality. Here, Gay discusses the making of the film, along with her own encounters with death and tragedy, and how psychedelics could begin to change the way we view mortality.


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  • Gathr is now Dying to Know!

    We're so pleased to announce that "Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary" is now available to be seen "Theatrical On Demand" via the Gathr platform.

    What is Theatrical on Demand?

    Theatrical On Demand® allows individuals like you the opportunity to organize and promote Dying To Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary in movie theaters across the country. With Theatrical On Demand®, you can bring the film you want to see play in your local movie theater.
    It is easy. You just pick the date, time, and theater where you want to host your screening. Gathr Films will set everything up for you. It doesn't cost you anything to host a Theatrical On Demand screening. You don’t have to pay any screening room rental or exhibition fee. All you have to do is promote the film and get people to reserve tickets.

    Visit Our Gathr Page to Learn More

    If you just want to see DTK in theaters again or missed it the first time around but aren't interested in hosting a screening visit the same link above and check to see if a Gathr screening is happening in your community.

    Thank you for helping to keep the conversation going and thank you to Gathr for providing this amazing platform to make it happen.

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    Helps us reach our goal over at Indiegogo!

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  • Hang out with Be Here Now!

    We all love "Be Here Now" - Ram Dass's seminal book that started the whole thing! Head on over to igg.me/at/dyingtoknow to show your love for Dying To Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary while also picking up a Be Here Now wall clock or SIGNED copy of the book itself. Yes, it's signed by Ram Dass!

    Thank you for your support! We're getting to our goal!

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  • Dying to Know on Gathr - Bring DTK to a town near you!

    Friends who are Dying To Know,

    We are excited to announce that Dying to Know is now part of the Gathr platform. That means that you can become a local DTK captain and host a screening in your city or town. Click on the link below for details!

    This is a great way to ignite community engagement and to get involved with this films movement.


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  • Crowd Fund Is Now Live - get your DTK streams in days!

    Dear friends who are Dying to Know,

    We are excited to finally be launching our Indiegogo campaign for “Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary”. And YAHOO - your contributions are charitable tax deductible!

    Through this campaign you can now get a preview digital stream of the feature length film instead of waiting until it is digitally available next year. It makes a great gift! We are also offering some other really cool rewards so check it out. Why are we doing a crowd fund now you ask? Head on over to: igg.me/at/dyingtoknow to find out and to check out all the perks!

    With love & eternal gratitude- Gay

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  • Seattle Q&A - join the discussion!

    Opening weekend in Seattle is sure to be amazing at the SIFF Cinema Uptown.

    Visit the SIFF site for showtimes and tickets by CLICKING HERE

    Opening weekend will have producer/director Gay Dillingham on hand starting on Saturday. Check back soon for future updates.

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  • Opening Weekend in Seattle!

    Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary is ONLY in theaters and just finished an incredible and improbable run in New York City at the Landmark Sunshine Theater. Packed houses, great after parties and exciting post show discussions made NYC one of the great experiences this film has seen so far.

    Post show Q&A discussions included our own Gay Dillingham & special guests from New York University research team studying psilocybin for end of life anxiety & addiction (Stephen Ross, MD; Anthony Bossis, Ph D; Jeffrey Guss, MD), Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, End of Life Choices New York and renown meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg.

    "Tender and Electric" - The Village Voice

    We're thrilled to bring the film back West Coast for it's Seattle premiere at the SIFF Film Center starting on September 23rd. There will be special engagements with the film makers and the conscious community so be sure check the Dying to Know website for details.

    The opening weekend theater and showtime information is as follows:

    SIFF Cinema Uptown

    511 Queen Anne Avenue N

    Seattle, WA 98109

    Opening weekend showtimes with Q&As are:

    Friday, Sept 23 - 4:30 and 7:00

    Saturday, Sept 24 - 4:30 and 7:00 (Both with Q&A)

    Sunday, Sept 25 - 2:00, 4:30 (Both with Q&A)

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  • New York City Landmark Sunshine Q&A schedule!

    Please check back frequently as there may be changes to this schedule.

    This is the opening week post show Q&A community engagement schedule. All of these will take place at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Houston Street.


    Friday 8/26 5:15 p.m.

    Producer/Director Gay Dillingham with special guest

    Amy Cunningham, Open Center's Integrative Thanatology Lecturer / Green Funeral Director

    Friday 8/26 7:40 p.m.

    Producer/Director Gay Dillingham with special guest

    Anthony Bossis, Project Director, NYU Psilocybin Religious Leader Project

    Saturday 8/27 5:15 p.m.

    Producer/Director Gay Dillingham with special guest

    Sharon Salzberg, New York Times best selling author and teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West. In 1974, she co-founded the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein.

    Saturday 8/27 7:40 p.m.

    Producer/Director Gay Dillingham with special guest

    Jeffrey Guss, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry NYU School of Medicine

    Sunday 8/28 2:50 p.m.

    Producer/Director Gay Dillingham with special guest

    Laurie Leonard, Executive Director, End of Life Choices

    Sunday 8/28 5:15 p.m.

    Producer/Director Gay Dillingham with special guest

    Lex Pelger, Writer, scientist & Shulginist / Host of Psymposia | Lecturer on psychoactive science & history

    Sunday 8/28 7:40p.m.

    Producer/Director Gay Dillingham with special guest

    Leland Radovanovic, SSDP Chapter Leader at the City University of New York

    Tuesday 8/30 7:40 p.m.

    Producer/Director Gay Dillingham with special guest

    Jag Davis, Director of Communications Strategy, Drug Policy Alliance

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  • Chicago opens this weekend!!

    Friends - Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary opens this Friday night in Chicago! August 19th!

    This is our Chicago premier of the film. We're really excited to bring the revolution to this part of the country.

    See the film that Kenneth Turan from the LA times calls "An admiring, even loving celebration of these two men”

    It will be playing at the Gene Siskel theater with multiple show times per day.

    Visit their website to purchase tickets and to get showtimes!

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  • New Dates including New York and Chicago!

    Lots of exciting news! Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary is taking it's show on the road and spreading across America!

    We're really excited that we're going to be in so many great American cities soon. Check out these dates!

    Check back soon for announcements on special post show Q&A screenings and speakers.

    Hudson, NY - Time and Space Theater - 7/21-23, 7/28-31, 8/6-7, 8/13

    Anchorage, AK - Bear Tooth TheaterPub - Single Show on 7/25

    Bellingham, WA - The Limelight - 8/5

    Huntington, NY - The CAC - single show on 8/11

    Chicago, IL - The Gene Siskel Theater - 8/19

    New York, NY - The Landmark Sunshine - 8/26

    Norfolk, VA - The Naro Theater - single show on 8/31

    Columbus, OH - The Getaway - 9/2

    Lincoln, NE - Mary Riepma Ross - 9/16

    Seattle, WA - SIFF Film Center - 9/23

    Glouster, MA - Cape Anne - single show on 10/2

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  • Abramorama and Dying To Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary - a new partnership.

    IndieWire covered the whole story - CLICK HERE TO READ IT

    We're excited to forge towards the future partnering with Abramorama to expand the revolution and to take Dying to Know to a city near you!

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  • Southern California Screenings and Information.

    LA Friends - please help spread the word that our weekend morning screenings for "Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary" will continue in Santa Monica, Pasadena and Claremont!

    So far, word of mouth is starting to spread that this is an entertaining, informative and unique way to start your day in the greater Los Angeles area. Who doesn't like breakfast and a movie?

    Please be sure to Laemmle website for up to minute times.

    Santa Monica - Laemmle Monica

    Saturday and Sundays at 10:15 am - special Q&A speakers on both days

    Pasadena - Laemmle Playhouse 7

    Saturday and Sundays at 11:00 am - special Q&A speakers on both days

    Claremont - Laemmle Claremont 5

    Saturday and Sundays at 11:00 am

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  • July 4th Weekend - Screenings in Southern California!

    We just completed our two week run at the Laemmle Royal in West LA and we are so thrilled that so many of you came out to support Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary in Los Angeles. We had so many great evenings with special guests, great community dialogue, valuable feedback and overall confirmation that the movement is alive and well!

    The bad news is that our run at the Royal is over but the good news is that we're still in Souther California and are pleased to announce that the Laemmle Monica will be adding us to their morning show schedule.

    What better way to show your support for Americas independence by taking in this uniquely American cosmic buddy story!

    For the holiday weekend the schedule looks like this:

    Santa Monica - Laemmle Monica

    July 2, 3 and 4th at 10:15 am (2nd and 3rd will have Zach Leary doing post show Q&A)

    Pasadena - Laemmle Playhouse 7

    July 2, 3 and 4th at 11:00 am (James Penner and Michael Donnelly doing post show Q&A)

    Claremont - Laemmle Claremont 5

    July 2, 3 and 4th at 11:00 am


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  • Updated Speaker Schedule for the LA Run! (as of 6/24)

    We're thrilled to be off to such strong start in Los Angeles! We've had amazing Q&As with outstanding thought leaders like Duncan Trussell, Charlie Grob, Taryn Southern, Gay Dillingham, Lynne Lyman and so many more!

    We're thrilled to be continuing the cultural conversation with these amazing people.

    Please note: all Royal Q&As are after the 7:20 pm show

    Friday, June 24th - Tao Ruspoli and Alan Kozlowski (producers and crew from DTK)

    Saturday, June 25th - Phil Goldberg, author of America Veda.

    Check out Phils bio

    Sunday, June 26th - Rev. Olivia Bareham, founder of Sacred Crossings

    To learn more about Olivia and Sacred Crossing CLICK HERE

    Wednesday, June 29th - Steve Postell, composer of the DTK score

    Laemmle Pasadena Playhouse 7

    Showing on Saturday and Sundays at 11 am

    Michael Donnelly - co-producer will be doing Q&A for both dates

    Tickets for ALL shows can be BOUGHT HERE

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  • Opening weekend in Los Angeles! Speaker info too!

    We're so pleased to announce that our opening weekend in Los Angeles is fast approaching and that we have these insanely brilliant special guests on hand to help us out. They will be available for the post show Q&A on each of the dates indicated after the 7:10 p.m. show.

    Friday, June 17th - Duncan Trussell, host of the wildly popular Duncan Trussell Family Hour

    Check out the Duncan Trussell Family Hour

    Saturday, June 18th - Dr. Charlie Grob, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA

    More information on Dr. Grob

    Sunday, June 19th - Taryn Southern, writer/producer/content creator and YouTube starlet genius

    Check out all the amazing stuff Taryn is doing

    These shows will sell out so buy your tickets early by clicking here

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  • Los Angeles, it's getting warmer.

    After months of preparation and anticipation, "Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary" is coming to Los Angeles on June 17th. The film will be playing at the Laemlle Royal in West LA. Opening weekend will have a variety of special engagement Q&As with film maker Gay Dillingham, Duncan Trussell, Dr. Charlie Grob, Matt Neil from MAPS and Zach Leary.

    Please check back soon for details on when these time slots will be announced.

    Thank you so much. We're really excited to be coming into Los Angeles!

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  • Thank you Boulder!!

    Thank you Boulder for making our run incredible! We sold out every seat for every screening and we're so grateful! Wow!

    Because of that we're coming back for six more screenings on May 4 - May 7!

    Click here to buy tickets!

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  • Boulder? Are you ready?

    Boulder? Are you ready of us?

    "Dying to Know - Ram Dass and Timothy Leary" is just two weeks away from opening in Boulder, CO!

    March 29th - we'll be at the internationally acclaimed Naropa University. Please click here to buy tickets

    March 30th - we open at the Dairy Arts Center, Please click here to buy tickets

    Please check back soon as there will be special post show Q&A sessions with the film makers and special guests

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  • Coming Soon to Boulder, CO!!

    We're excited to announce that the trip keeps happening and will soon be rolling into Boulder, Colorado. Not only is Boulder Gay Dillingham's home town but it's also an epicenter of many historic events that helped blaze the trail for the alternative consciousness movement.

    In 1974 Ram Dass put on some of his post cherished talks of his career based on the devotional path, seva and using the Bhagavad Gita as a mirror for ones own life and process. The talks were so good that they made their way into two released forms. One, as a 12 hour audio set called "Love, Service, Devotion" and two, as a book called "Paths to God" - for any Ram Dass fan these are essential ingredients in getting closer to Ram Dass in what was arguably him at his peak state. These talks were in partnership with the founder of Naropa, Trungpa Rinposhe.

    Also, throughout the years Timothy Leary found Boulder to be a great vortex of like minded individuals that allowed him to stretch out and really make it one of his "home bases" on the touring road. Check out this great lecture from'83.

    Our journey will look like this:

    March 29th - a special single screening at the Naropa Institute. More information and ticketing links will be provided shortly so be sure to check back.

    March 30th - we'll then move over to the Dairy Arts Center for a theatrical run.

    Be sure to check back for ticketing links and post show speaker Q&A information!

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  • Out Now In Minneapolis!

    Minneapolis friends! Come see us at the St. Anthony Main Theater.

    Click here to buy tickets

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  • Scenes from The Walker Art Center!

    The legendary and influential Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is having us tonight! Gay Dillingham is on hand to represent the madness!

    Here are some great things that came about all ready!

    A great Q and A that went into some interesting places:


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  • Minneapolis! It's All Happening.

    For more information on The Walker click here

    For more information on St. Anthony Main Theater click here

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  • Arizona loves Dying to Know!

    Thank you Arizona for making "Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary" so incredibly successful and well received!

    We're still playing at the Mary D Fisher Theater in Sedona until Thursday 2/5:

    Click here for tickets

    And we've been held over at the Loft Cinema in Tucson:

    Click here for tickets

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  • Andrew Weil, MD and Gay Dillingham in Tucson on Jan 29th!

    We're really pleased to announce that both Andrew Weil and Gay Dillingham will be on hand for the post show Q and A on January 29th in Tucson! This is opening night so be sure to get your tickets early as this will fill up fast!


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  • Coming to Minneapolis!

    We're excited to announce that in addition to the Winter dates already posted we're also extending into Minneapolis at the St. Anthony Main Theatre


    If you're in the Minneapolis or St. Paul area this will be your chance to see "Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary"

    Buy a ticket and take the trip!

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  • New Winter Dates announced!

    Friends - we're excited to announce that we have many new dates for early 2016.

    "Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary" will be showing in Boulder, Tucson and Sedona on a theatrical basis. There will also be special engagement showings in Minneapolis and Boulder that will include post show Q and A with Gay Dillingham and Andy Weil (Tuscon only).

    Check our "Showtimes" section for more details and ticketing links!

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  • Screenings and Showtimes?


    A lot of you have written about when and where "Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary" will be coming to your town. We appreciate all of your enthusiastic emails and Facebook messages! We are actively working on an aggressive 2016 release schedule that will cover the remainder of the US where we haven't shown as well as a DVD and streaming release.

    We've chosen this grass roots approach to releasing the film in order to get all of our friends in each community actively involved with the films message and history. By doing it this way we know that the release schedule is a little slower than many of us our used to. We ask for your patience and continued excitement as we continue to bring "Dying to Know" to a town near you!

    Thank you!

    The Dying to Know Team

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  • Thank you Oregon!

    Thank you good people of Oregon for making our run successful in Portland and Corvallis! More pics and videos coming soon!

    Stay tuned for more information and additional updates on additional DTK dates in new locations.

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  • Final 2 Days in Oregon!

    Oregonian friends! Thank you so much for making our run in Oregon successful. The people in Portland and Corvallis have been incredible.

    "Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary" will be ending it's Oregon run on Thursday November 19, 2015. Tell your friends if you haven't already.





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  • Opening November 13th in Corvallis!

    For Showtimes and Tickets please visit:


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  • Held Over in Portland!

    We're really pleased to announce that Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary will be held over at the Cinema 21 in Portland for another week or so. So, if you haven't taken the trip be sure to do so.

    Cinema 21

    616 NW 21st Ave

    Portland, OR


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  • Portland Speaker Schedule!

    These are the opening week guest speakers who will be on hand for our post show Q and A. Please note that all will appear after the 6:45 show on the date indicated.

    Please get your tickets at: http://cinema21.com

    Benjy Wertheimer - Benjy is the co-leader of the award winning sacred music group Shantala. Shantala is one of the treasures of the western bhakti yoga movement. An award-winning musician, composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist equally accomplished on tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards, Benjy Wertheimer has performed and recorded with such artists as Krishna Das, Deva Premal and Miten, Jai Uttal, Walter Becker of Steely Dan, virtuoso guitarist Michael Mandrell, tabla master Zakir Hussain, and renowned bamboo flute master G. S. Sachdev. He has also opened for such well-known artists as Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. Benjy is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed world fusion ensemble Ancient Future.

    Ellen Flenniken - Ellen is the Deputy Director of Development for the Drug Policy Alliance and is responsible for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts to support the mission of the Drug Policy Alliance. Before joining DPA, Ellen worked as a political campaign manager and fundraiser, including as Finance Director for Oregon’s Yes on 91 campaign to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana, Campaign Manager for Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Deputy Finance Director at Oregon United for Marriage. Ellen received her B.A. in political science and Mandarin Chinese from Middlebury College. Ellen lives in Portland, Oregon. Short Form Bio: Ellen Flenniken is the Deputy Director of Development for the Drug Policy Alliance. Before joining DPA, Ellen worked as a political campaign manager and fundraiser, including as Finance Director for Oregon’s Yes on 91 campaign to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana.

    Jerome Beck Ph.D, - Jerome is a drug researcher with extensive experience in many facets of the substance (ab)use field. As a drug information specialist at the University of Oregon Drug Information Center in the 1970's and an instructor at the University of Oregon Health Education Program in the early 1980's, he gained considerable experience in tracking drug trends, and providing educational services to diverse populations of both licit and illicit substance users. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area, he became involved in a number of federally-funded sociological studies of illicit drug users while pursuing his graduate education at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley.In particular, he closely followed and published on the emergence and popularization of MDMA, eventually serving as Project Director for the NIDA-funded "Exploring Ecstasy" study, whose findings informed his dissertation "The MDMA controversy: Contexts of use and social control" (1990). He later co-authored with Dr. Marsha Rosenbaum a book for SUNY Press on that subject, The Pursuit of Ecstasy.Dr. Beck has also served as a Co-Principal Investigator on a three site, NIDA-funded sociological exploration of "Ice and Other Methamphetamine Use." Much of the findings from this research came from in-depth interviews conducted with 450 moderate-to-heavy methamphetamine users living in the San Francisco Bay area, San Diego County or Oahu. More recently, Dr. Beck served as Principal Investigator and Investigator, respectively, on two additional federally funded studies: "LSD, MDMA and Other Psychedelics" and "Epidemiological Study of Marijuana and Health." Dr. Beck has continued to teach a course on "Cultural and Sociohistorical Foundations of Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Problems," in the UC Berkeley Extension Program over the last decade, and currently serves as a Public Health, Policy and Epidemiology Research Administrator for the Tobacco-Related Diseases Research Program (TRDRP) in the University of California Office of the President.More information about Dr. Beck's organization can be found at www.scientificanalysis.org.

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  • The Ram Dass podcasts!

    For all of us who just can't enough of the gift that Ram Dass has given us, head on over to the Mind Pod Network to listen to so many newly unearthed vintage lectures by Ram Dass. Most of these are archival treasures that are not to be missed for anyone on the path.


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  • Coming to Portland on November 6th!

    At the Cinema 21. Check back soon for ticketing information.


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    Check out our very own Gay Dillingham on the Consciously Speaking podcast with Michael Neely. It's a good one!

    Click here to listen!

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  • Out Now In Santa Cruz!!

    "Dying to Know - Ram Dass and Timothy Leary" continues it's successful California run by heading on down to Santa Cruz! It's now playing at The Nickelodeon Theater on a limited basis!

    Please buy your tickets early as time is limited!

    The Nickelodeon Theater

    210 Lincoln St.

    Santa Cruz, CA


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    To buy advance tickets:



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  • A Transformational Testimonial and Story

    A wonderfully transformational testimonial on "Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary" from Ryan Keating. Ryan saw the film in Telluride and this is what he wrote...

    This last long weekend I was fortunate enough to spend it in Telluride at the 35th annual Mushroom Festival.  I am a wellness professional and being educated in massage therapy, training, nutrition, and more recently working in crisis counseling and psychedelic healing I was advised to attend.  The Festival was magical on all levels, entheogeniclly and beyond, and one of the bright spots of it was watching the movie “Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary” directed by Gay Dillingham.


    I grew up in Northern California in the 80s and 90s and taught high school history and political science in high schools for many years in San Francisco.  I was one of those teachers who did not open the prescribed text book and always choose instead to create my own wheel with my own resources and provide an exciting and more “real” education than what was put forth by the state in their bland and narrow minded filtered interpretation of what was deemed appropriate for education.  I definitely had exciting units dedicated to the counter culture movement of the 60s and 70s and so I was very excited to see what this movie had to offer.  The movie was close to 2 hours and I don’t think I moved once and maybe blinked but ten times at the fear that I would miss even but a few seconds of the rich and interesting history that has been all but lost but now dramatically and energetically recovered in “Dying to Know.”


    There was an array of emotions I felt while watching.  I was pissed that I hadn’t come across this information first while I was creating curriculum for my students many years ago.  Geez, I thought I had cool info to share!  Compared to this movie my units were bland.  Then I was even more angry that I wasn’t taught the info myself growing up just right outside San Francisco; one of the bases of the counter culture movement.  How had nobody told me any of this?  Being somebody educated in history and politics I was not aware that Timothy Leary had campaigned for governor against Ronald Reagan and had the Beetles write their “Come Together Right Now Over Me” song for his campaign.  Not to mention that shortly after he was jailed for a sentence of forty years for having a half ounce of cannabis on him and then served two years in solitary confinement, upon which after he was conveniently hidden under a witness protection program.  It was a very corrupt time in America and the powers that be were squashing the counter culture movement and apparently they were also squashing the history of their shady dealings as people like me had never heard anything about what Timothy Leary went through.  I feel cheated by my own education and country.


    The movie very much represents the present day energy and culture of America.  A new generation is emerging and continuing the trend of what the counter culture movement started in the 60s and 70s.  It has gone full circle.  Movements like “black lives matter” are scratching the surface of how police brutally treat minorities and exposing white privileged and how racism is as alive and present as it ever has been.  Movements like Bernie Sanders running for president are scratching the surface on how corporations and their moneyed interests are controlling the whole country and the political process and destroying the middle class and the availability of good jobs.  Drug policy reform activists are scratching the surface and exposing the harsh truth that the drug war is largely racist and putting more people in prison than ever before, not to mention the for profit prisons that are starting to become popular.  The nutritional movement is also scratching the surface on the American Standard Diet and how if you trust in eating what is stocked for you at the grocery store and what the government deems healthy by their “Food Guide Pyramid” you will most likely end up malnourished, with diabetes, and extremely unhealthy.  Alternative health care professionals (and also many big pharma doctors) are scratching the surface at the medical industry and uncovering the large number of people that are either dying, or are addicted to, or generally have a much lower quality of life from pain killers, anti-depressants, antibiotics, statins, and other prescription drugs.  All these people are asking the same questions and coming to the same conclusions.  There is a better way and we are stuck in a paradigm shift.  The transitional process defined by people trying to expose the truth is only growing greater.


    “Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary” was yet another brilliant movement forward in the attempt to uncover the wrongs of the past to make them right and real.  It dramatically contributes to the movement at large as yet another entity the populous can point to as truth seeking that directly challenges the powers that be. The counter culture movement of the 60s was squashed by people who were in charge of the government’s institutions, and their ideas and policies have reigned supreme for decades.  That chokehold put on our country is now finally losing its momentum.  Ram Dass and Timothy Leary were crusaders trying to create an alternative way of thinking that questioned a lot of American culture at the time.  Now the children of the 60s counter culture movement are coming of age and a new generation is emerging that is more concerned with what Ram Dass and Timothy Leary were doing than what Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan were up to. There’s medicine to be gained, there’s health, there’s an appreciation and acceptance for other’s views and we as a country are rising up and are not being led by our fears anymore.  Arrest us all!  We’ll see how that panes out and it won’t be in the favor of the oppressors.  We are interested in the truth and what has been kept from us for so long.  Gay Dillingham’s “Dying to Know” is just another piece of the uncovered knowledge and remarkable history that is now part of the thought process and leading a generational movement that is coming into their own.

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  • San Jose and Santa Cruz here we come!

    We're surfing the waves of consciousness and coming down South after a successful run up North. San Jose and Santa Cruz here we come!

    Opens in San Jose on September 11:


    And in Santa Cruz on September 18:


    At select screenings the film makers and leaders from the conscious community will be present for Q and A's.


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  • Back at the Roxie!

    San Francisco friends - in case you missed the trip the first time around, we're pleased to announce that we're back at the Roxie for a few more shows!

    August 10 7:00 PM Little Roxie
    August 11 7:00 PM Big Roxie
    August 12 7:00 PM Little Roxie
    August 13 7:00 PM Little Roxie

    For information on how to buy tickets in advance please visit:



    “Dying to Know” is upbeat and fun to watch. It has beautiful, dreamy graphics, too. We can feel the bond that these two men had for each other — and it makes for a genuine love story." - David Lewis, SF Chronicle

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  • Final 2 days at the Roxie and...

    "Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary" will wrap up it's successful run in San Francisco on Tuesday July 28th. Jungian mythologist will lead the post show discussion the 28th after the 7 pm show.

    To buy tickets please visit:

    The Roxie in San Francisco
    Click here to purchase tickets


    Thank you San Francisco for the incredible run!

    Also please note that the film is no longer playing the Elmwood in Berkeley but is still showing in San Rafael and Sebastopol. Tickets for those theaters can be purchased here:


    The Rialto in Sebastapol
    The Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael


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  • Still playing in the Bay Area!

    We are being held over at the following theaters in the Bay Area! But hurry, time is running out to share the journey these locations.

    Bring a friend and take the trip! Check on our social media often as we'll be doing give aways and special post show Q and As at select shows.


    The Roxie in San Francisco
    Click here to purchase tickets
    The Elmwood in Berkeley
    The Rialto in Sebastapol
    The Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael


    Tim with Richard Gaikowski, Roxie Founder

    Tim with Richard Gaikowski, Roxie Founder

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  • The Reviews are In!

    Hot off the Press! The reviews are in. We're really happy with the reviews from the Bay Area press. Here are the links to the pieces online in print and video form:

    David Lewis reviewed the film for the SF Chronicle, to read the story click below:



    And also from the Chronicle, Pam Grady did a feature interview with Gay Dillingham on the film and it's subjects.

    KCBS Entertainment editor, Jan Wahl reviewed the film. Click below to check it out:

    And from KSJS FM and the Celluloid Dreams YouTube Channel there's a great interview with Gay Dillingham and Tim Sika:

    And finally, the great and legendary writer Paul Krasner reviewed DTK on Eat Drink Films, Paul was founder and editor of the counter culture staple The Realist.


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  • Bay Area Ticket Links and Information

    Here are the quick links to purchase tickets for "Dying to Know - Ram Dass and Timothy Leary" in the Bay Area of Northern California. Showings there start on July 10th.


    The Roxie in San Francisco
    Click here to purchase tickets
    The Elmwood in Berkeley
    The Rialto in Sebastapol
    The Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael


    Please also note that on the opening weekend, July 10-12, there will be special screenings with the film makers and members of the conscious community present to do Q and A and panel discussions.


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  • DTK coming to the Bay Area!

    BIG NEWS! - We're thrilled to announce that "Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary" will be begin it's official North American theatrical run in California's Bay Area. Please keep an eye out for additional cities to be announced.

    Opens July 10 in the following Bay Area cinemas:

    Roxie Theater in San Francisco
    Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley
    Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol in Sebastopol
    Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael

    A recollection and celebration of the lifelong friendship and spiritual connection between Ram Dass and Timothy Leary, DYING TO KNOW: RAM DASS & TIMOTHY LEARY is a CNS Communications release, runs for 95 minutes, is in English, and is not yet MPAA Rated.

    DYING TO KNOW: RAM DASS & TIMOTHY LEARY centers on a 1995 meeting at Timothy Leary’s home shortly after he announced he was dying of cancer. When his long time friend and former colleague at Harvard University Ram Dass (nee: Richard Albert) visits him, the two embark on their last filmed conversation that explores their life-long friendship, divergent practices of Western science and Eastern thought, and passing creatively with joy and dignity as the final expression of a life and theories of what may exist beyond. Incorporating 80 years of footage, the film integrates their history of daring explorations into consciousness from their time as Harvard Professors, to their experiment in communal living at Millbrook, New York, to their published books including, The Psychedelic Experience and Be Here Now.


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  • DTK Team on the Inner Journey Show

    Last Sunday in Laguna Beach, California our very own Gay Dillingham, Zach Leary and Michael Donnelly were on the "Inner Journey with Greg Friedman" show. They talked about the Dying to Know film and as you will listen, a whole bunch of other thought provoking and adventurous topics. It was quite a ride and we're sure you'll enjoy it.

    To listen to the Podcast click here


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  • Dying to Know: Filmmaker Panel

    If you're in (or near) Santa Fe please join the NMPA as they host this very cool discussion featuring the team behind Dying to Know including Gay Dillingham, David Leach, David Aubrey and Michael Donnelly. The event will include clips from the film and a panel of the films major players whose work covers the arc of the film's conception, production and post-production, delivery and distribution. There will be ample time for all to discuss and ask questions of the panel and to glean experience and insight from lessons learned.

    The event will be Wednesday April 29 from 5:30-9.

    For more information visit:


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  • Jeff Bridges loves our film!

    Our buddy Jeff Bridges is seen here riffing on his love for our film Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary. The Dude Abides and so should you!

    Watch it over here on YouTube:


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  • Gay Dillingham joins women who are aiming for peace in Korea

    Our very own Gay Dillingham, the director of Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary, will join an amazing group of women who aim to bring peace to Korea by walking across the DMZ.

    "On Wednesday at the United Nations in New York, using a conference on the status of women as a backdrop, leading female advocates of disarmament formally announced their intent to walk across the Demilitarized Zone, the two-mile-wide swath of land, ringed by barbed wire and booby traps, that separates North and South."

    To read the full story visit this link on The New York Times.

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  • Our new website!

    Welcome to our new website, powered by the good people at Assemble.me. Please take a moment and give us your email address if you'd like to receive information on the films release schedule, screenings near your home town as well as exclusive content and updates. We'd love to keep in touch!

    In the meantime, check back here and on our Facebook page for regular updates and information.


    Team Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary

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