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PSYCHEDELIC CINEMA
10:00    Monochromatic Psychedelia
UK | 1960's | 60 minutes | Language: English

Dr Mark Broughton, senior lecturer in cultural studies at the University of Hertfordshire presents a history and analysis of monochromatic psychedelic visual culture in Britain in the 1960s.  The most well-known examples from visual culture include the cover of The Beatles' 'Revolver' LP.  Films like 'Separation' and 'Performance' used black-and-white photography to create distinctive explorations of the psychedelic experience, and psychedelia on 1960s British television was mostly in monochrome by necessity.  Mark presents and discusses rare screenings of films and television programmes such as the R.D.  Laing documentary 'Stimulants' which was originally banned from TV broadcast.

Presented by Dr Mark Broughton
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12:00    Ayahuasca at the Parliament of Religions (World Premier Screening)
UK | 2019 | 25 minutes | Language: English & English Subtitles

The benefits of ayahuasca include great healing, alignment to authentic self and a profound connection to nature.  It also happens to inspire an incredible drive in ayahuasca drinkers to spread awareness of the healing power this medicine can provide.  Meet Benjamin Mudge: a man who has conquered his bipolar disorder, whose life has been deeply changed through his work with this medicine, as he embarks on the challenging mission of organising 15 ayahuasca experts (including indigenous Amazonians) from 10 countries to participate at a massive religious conference in Toronto.

Q&A with Mareesa Stertz (Director) and Benjamin Mudge
Lunch
14:30    Magic Medicine
UK | 2019 | 58 minutes | Language: English

Over 4 years, filmmaker Monty Wates was given exclusive access to the first ever medical trial to give psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms) to a group of volunteers suffering from clinical depression.  His remarkable film follows three of the volunteers and their families, and the ambitious staff running the trial, who are hoping this controversial treatment will have the power to transform millions of lives.  With deeply moving footage of the "trips" the patients go on, this intimate film is an absorbing portrait of the human cost of depression, and the inspirational people contributing to groundbreaking psychedelic research.

Q&A with Monty Wates (Director)
Trailer (YouTube)
Break
17:00    Híbridos, The Spirits of Brazil
Brazil, France | 2018 | 88 minutes | Language: Language: Music - no dialogue

Híbridos, The Spirits of Brazil​ ​dives into the sacred culture of the largest country in South America.  An ethnographic journey into the world of sacred ceremonies and their diversity, as well as a trip into cinema as a pure poetic language.  An exploration of trance-cinema, following only the sounds of the rituals and the chants of the devotees, Híbridos is a music film of a new kind.

Q&A with Priscilla Telmon and Vincent Moon (Directors)
Trailer (YouTube) | Híbridos
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PSYCHEDELIC CINEMA
10:00    The Mind Explorers: A Psychedelic Weekend
UK | 2018 | 28 minutes | Language: English

The Mind Explorers: A Psychedelic Weekend follows ordinary people on an extraordinary trip.  The documentary centres around a 4-day psychedelic retreat in the Netherlands, where psilocybin-containing ‘magic truffles’ are legal.  With new research suggesting that psychedelics can effectively treat depression, accessible retreats abroad are appealing to a new wave of curious ‘psychonauts’.  Following participants before, during and after the experience, the film explores the potential of psychedelics to transform people’s lives when taken in a therapeutic setting.

Q&A with Rebecca Coxon (Director) & Ciara Sherlock (Principle Cast)
Lunch
12:00    The Psychedelic Renaissance
UK | 2019 | 45 minutes | Language: English

The pilot episode of a documentary series about the worldwide re-emergence of the psychedelic movement and the crucial role of psychedelic substances in human culture from prehistory to modern times.  Covering everything from the use of psychedelics in science, neuropsychology, medical research, spirituality, culture, cyberdelics (Psychedelic Virtual Reality), their environmental value, and finally their potential for healing, curing and alleviating a number of conditions, including depression, PTSD and addiction.

Q&A with Director Anya Oleksiuk (Director)
Trailer (YouTube)
Lunch
14:30    The Peyote Files
USA | 2019 | 29 minutes | Language: English with Spanish subtitles

The Peyote Files is a documentary web-series following anthropologist Bia Labate on the search for the elusive peyote cactus in West Texas.  Built around frank exchanges between Labate and cactus expert and conservationist Dr Martin Terry, this three-part series offers an eye-opening insight into Dr Terry's crucial and pioneering work to understand the threats facing the sustainability of peyote and the urgent action needed to ensure its survival.

Q&A with Bia Labate and Nick Spiers (Directors)
Trailer (Vimeo)
Break
17:00    Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness (Pre-Cinema Release Screening)
UK | 2019 | 87 minutes | Language: English

Take an animated journey into the depths of the human mind with Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley and Alan Watts. This documentary combines stylish, minimalist animation with a rich, immersive soundscape to create a unique cinematic spectacle, guiding us through three psychedelic trips that changed our culture forever. Sixty years later we discuss these historic trips with twelve leading current thinkers - including Gabor Maté , Dennis McKenna and Graham Hancock - asking the question: "What can expanded states of mind teach us about ourselves, the world and our place in it?"

Q&A with Rob Harper (Director)
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10:00    Insight Out
UK | 2019 | 50 minutes | Language: English

In 2014 Jade had a powerful Out of Body Experience (OBE) that changed her life, she left a career in the arts and embarked on a Masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology to study this phenomena.  On her journey she discovered others with similar stories whose experiences had shaped their lives in profound ways.  This documentary reveals these stories, disrupts preconceived ideas about OBEs and asks provocative questions about the nature of consciousness and reality.   Can consciousness really expand beyond the brain?

Q&A with Jade Shaw (Director) and Rodrigo Montenegro (Neuroscientist of sleep)
Trailer (YouTube)
Lunch
12:00    The Twelve
UK | 2018 | 75 minutes | Language: Various languages with English subtitles

The Twelve t​ells the story of twelve spiritual Elders from around the globe who gather at the United Nations in New York to create a unique ritual for Humankind and planet Earth.  By interviewing each one of them in their home environments, the film is told exclusively through the voices of these Elders.  They give an unprecedented insight into their knowledge, traditions and rituals.  Each of the twelve share a long forgotten wisdom and knowing of our eternal and complex connection with Nature and all of humanity, reminding us what it means to live in harmony with each other and with Nature.  We follow four of the Elders as they travel for the first time to New York, and witness the powerful energy of their three day reunion.  Their messages are unified in what needs to be done to change the course our planet is taking.  The Twelve are from Australia, Alaska, Brazil, Botswana, Colombia, Gabon, Japan, Nepal, Mexico and Siberia.

Q&A with Lucy Martens (Co-Director) & Peter Giblin (Co-Producer)
Trailer (Vimeo)
Lunch
14:30    Trance & Cinema - Short Film Programme
France | 2010 - 2019 | 90 minutes | Language: Music - no dialogue

Through their short film series ​Collection Petites Planètes, P​riscilla Telmon and Vincent Moon have been pursuing the sounds of sacred rituals across the world.  From Sufi rituals in Chechnya to shamanic techniques deep in Brazil, from oracles in Vietnam to trance ceremonies in Morocco.  At Breaking Convention they present a special selection of these short films, discuss their own improvised methodology and explore the importance of ritual and ceremony in the 21st century.

Presentation and Q&A with ​Priscilla Telmon &​ ​Vincent Moon (Directors)
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17:00    First Breath
UK | 2018 | 16 minutes | Language: Sound design - no dialogue

Made in collaboration with members of the production teams who worked on some of David Attenborough's finest natural history programmes, First Breath maps the journey of life through the metaphor of landscape. It explores the ambiguity and abstraction of a world that we may have thought was familiar. This short film is part of a larger on-going creative project entitled The Breath Project, in collaboration with 5 UK universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Tedx about the project
17:15    Psychonautics: A Comic's Exploration of Psychedelics
USA | 2019 | 80 minutes | Language: English

Comedian Shane Mauss wants to prove that psychedelics are not as scary as they seem, so to prove his point he decides to do all of them! He goes on a series of adventures to deepen his understanding of psychedelics.  He describes the indescribable and takes us through some of his most intense experiences, while getting the added perspectives of some of the top scientists and experts in this realm.  With moments of both confusion and clarity, this is as an honest account of the experiences of a genuinely intrepid psychonaut.

Q&A with Shane Mauss (Comedian)
Trailer (YouTube)
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PSYCHEDELIC CINEMA
10:00    Monochromatic Psychedelia
UK | 1960's | 60 minutes | Language: English

Dr Mark Broughton, senior lecturer in cultural studies at the University of Hertfordshire presents a history and analysis of monochromatic psychedelic visual culture in Britain in the 1960s.  The most well-known examples from visual culture include the cover of The Beatles' 'Revolver' LP.  Films like 'Separation' and 'Performance' used black-and-white photography to create distinctive explorations of the psychedelic experience, and psychedelia on 1960s British television was mostly in monochrome by necessity.  Mark presents and discusses rare screenings of films and television programmes such as the R.D.  Laing documentary 'Stimulants' which was originally banned from TV broadcast.

Presented by Dr Mark Broughton
Break
12:00    Ayahuasca at the Parliament of Religions (World Premier Screening)
UK | 2019 | 25 minutes | Language: English & English Subtitles

The benefits of ayahuasca include great healing, alignment to authentic self and a profound connection to nature.  It also happens to inspire an incredible drive in ayahuasca drinkers to spread awareness of the healing power this medicine can provide.  Meet Benjamin Mudge: a man who has conquered his bipolar disorder, whose life has been deeply changed through his work with this medicine, as he embarks on the challenging mission of organising 15 ayahuasca experts (including indigenous Amazonians) from 10 countries to participate at a massive religious conference in Toronto.

Q&A with Mareesa Stertz (Director) and Benjamin Mudge
Lunch
14:30    Magic Medicine
UK | 2019 | 58 minutes | Language: English

Over 4 years, filmmaker Monty Wates was given exclusive access to the first ever medical trial to give psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms) to a group of volunteers suffering from clinical depression.  His remarkable film follows three of the volunteers and their families, and the ambitious staff running the trial, who are hoping this controversial treatment will have the power to transform millions of lives.  With deeply moving footage of the "trips" the patients go on, this intimate film is an absorbing portrait of the human cost of depression, and the inspirational people contributing to groundbreaking psychedelic research.

Q&A with Monty Wates (Director)
Trailer (YouTube)
Break
17:00    Híbridos, The Spirits of Brazil
Brazil, France | 2018 | 88 minutes | Language: Music - no dialogue

Híbridos, The Spirits of Brazil​ ​dives into the sacred culture of the largest country in South America.  An ethnographic journey into the world of sacred ceremonies and their diversity, as well as a trip into cinema as a pure poetic language.  An exploration of trance-cinema, following only the sounds of the rituals and the chants of the devotees, Híbridos is a music film of a new kind.

Q&A with Priscilla Telmon and Vincent Moon (Directors)
Trailer (YouTube) | Híbridos
Close
PSYCHEDELIC CINEMA
10:00    The Mind Explorers: A Psychedelic Weekend
UK | 2018 | 28 minutes | Language: English

The Mind Explorers: A Psychedelic Weekend follows ordinary people on an extraordinary trip.  The documentary centres around a 4-day psychedelic retreat in the Netherlands, where psilocybin-containing ‘magic truffles’ are legal.  With new research suggesting that psychedelics can effectively treat depression, accessible retreats abroad are appealing to a new wave of curious ‘psychonauts’.  Following participants before, during and after the experience, the film explores the potential of psychedelics to transform people’s lives when taken in a therapeutic setting.

Q&A with Rebecca Coxon (Director) & Ciara Sherlock (Principle Cast)
Lunch
12:00    The Psychedelic Renaissance
UK | 2019 | 45 minutes | Language: English

The pilot episode of a documentary series about the worldwide re-emergence of the psychedelic movement and the crucial role of psychedelic substances in human culture from prehistory to modern times.  Covering everything from the use of psychedelics in science, neuropsychology, medical research, spirituality, culture, cyberdelics (Psychedelic Virtual Reality), their environmental value, and finally their potential for healing, curing and alleviating a number of conditions, including depression, PTSD and addiction.

Q&A with Director Anya Oleksiuk (Director)
Trailer (YouTube)
Lunch
14:30    The Peyote Files
USA | 2019 | 29 minutes | Language: English with Spanish subtitles

The Peyote Files is a documentary web-series following anthropologist Bia Labate on the search for the elusive peyote cactus in West Texas.  Built around frank exchanges between Labate and cactus expert and conservationist Dr Martin Terry, this three-part series offers an eye-opening insight into Dr Terry's crucial and pioneering work to understand the threats facing the sustainability of peyote and the urgent action needed to ensure its survival.

Q&A with Bia Labate and Nick Spiers (Directors)
Trailer (Vimeo)
Break
17:00    Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness (Pre-Cinema Release Screening)
UK | 2019 | 87 minutes | Language: English

Take an animated journey into the depths of the human mind with Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley and Alan Watts. This documentary combines stylish, minimalist animation with a rich, immersive soundscape to create a unique cinematic spectacle, guiding us through three psychedelic trips that changed our culture forever. Sixty years later we discuss these historic trips with twelve leading current thinkers - including Gabor Maté , Dennis McKenna and Graham Hancock - asking the question: "What can expanded states of mind teach us about ourselves, the world and our place in it?"

Q&A with Rob Harper (Director)
Close
PSYCHEDELIC CINEMA
10:00    Insight Out
UK | 2019 | 50 minutes | Language: English

In 2014 Jade had a powerful Out of Body Experience (OBE) that changed her life, she left a career in the arts and embarked on a Masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology to study this phenomena.  On her journey she discovered others with similar stories whose experiences had shaped their lives in profound ways.  This documentary reveals these stories, disrupts preconceived ideas about OBEs and asks provocative questions about the nature of consciousness and reality.   Can consciousness really expand beyond the brain?

Q&A with Jade Shaw (Director) and Rodrigo Montenegro (Neuroscientist of sleep)
Trailer (YouTube)
Lunch
12:00    The Twelve
UK | 2018 | 75 minutes | Language: Various languages with English subtitles

The Twelve t​ells the story of twelve spiritual Elders from around the globe who gather at the United Nations in New York to create a unique ritual for Humankind and planet Earth.  By interviewing each one of them in their home environments, the film is told exclusively through the voices of these Elders.  They give an unprecedented insight into their knowledge, traditions and rituals.  Each of the twelve share a long forgotten wisdom and knowing of our eternal and complex connection with Nature and all of humanity, reminding us what it means to live in harmony with each other and with Nature.  We follow four of the Elders as they travel for the first time to New York, and witness the powerful energy of their three day reunion.  Their messages are unified in what needs to be done to change the course our planet is taking.  The Twelve are from Australia, Alaska, Brazil, Botswana, Colombia, Gabon, Japan, Nepal, Mexico and Siberia.

Q&A with Lucy Martens (Co-Director) & Peter Giblin (Co-Producer)
Trailer (Vimeo)
Lunch
14:30    Trance & Cinema - Short Film Programme
France | 2010 - 2019 | 90 minutes | Language: Music - no dialogue

Through their short film series ​Collection Petites Planètes, P​riscilla Telmon and Vincent Moon have been pursuing the sounds of sacred rituals across the world.  From Sufi rituals in Chechnya to shamanic techniques deep in Brazil, from oracles in Vietnam to trance ceremonies in Morocco.  At Breaking Convention they present a special selection of these short films, discuss their own improvised methodology and explore the importance of ritual and ceremony in the 21st century.

Presentation and Q&A with ​Priscilla Telmon &​ ​Vincent Moon (Directors)
petitesplanetes.earth
Break
17:00    First Breath
UK | 2018 | 16 minutes | Language: Sound design - no dialogue

Made in collaboration with members of the production teams who worked on some of David Attenborough's finest natural history programmes, First Breath maps the journey of life through the metaphor of landscape. It explores the ambiguity and abstraction of a world that we may have thought was familiar. This short film is part of a larger on-going creative project entitled The Breath Project, in collaboration with 5 UK universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Tedx about the project
17:00    Psychonautics: A Comic's Exploration of Psychedelics
USA | 2019 | 80 minutes | Language: English

Comedian Shane Mauss wants to prove that psychedelics are not as scary as they seem, so to prove his point he decides to do all of them! He goes on a series of adventures to deepen his understanding of psychedelics.  He describes the indescribable and takes us through some of his most intense experiences, while getting the added perspectives of some of the top scientists and experts in this realm.  With moments of both confusion and clarity, this is as an honest account of the experiences of a genuinely intrepid psychonaut.

Q&A with Shane Mauss (Comedian)
Trailer (YouTube)
Close