Magnolia Pictures Acquires 'One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest' LSD Documentary (Berlin)

Courtesy of the Berlin Film Festival

"Magic Trip," from co-directors and co-writers Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood, will premiere this summer on VOD one month before theaters.

Magnolia Pictures has picked up the North American right to Magic Trip, the documentary revolving around the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest from co-directors and co-writers Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood.
 
Magnolia will premiere the film this summer on VOD platforms a month prior to its theatrical release as past of its Ultra VOD program. The company followed the same playbook for another Gibney movie, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.
 
Trip tells of Cuckoo author Ken Kesey and his LSD-fueled cross-country road trip to the New York World's Fair with a group of counter-culture renegades known as the Merry Band of Pranksters.
 
Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, shooting footage on 16MM, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen. Gibney and Ellwood worked with the Film Foundation, HISTORY and the UCLA Film Archives to restore over 100 hours of film and audiotape,
 
The film was produced under HISTORY's feature documentary banner, HISTORY Films, and the network will follow the film's theatrical and home video release by Magnolia with a television broadcast premiere.

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