Poster: FLicKeR

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Synopsis

The dream machine looks simple enough: a 100-watt light bulb, a motor and a rotating cylinder with cutouts. Just sit in front of it, close your eyes and wait for the visions to come. Its creator, Brion Gysin, believed it would revolutionize human consciousness.

With a custom-made dream machine in tow, director Nik Sheehan takes us on a journey into the life of Brion Gysin – his art, his complex ideas and his friendships with some of the 20th century's key counterculture figures, including his lifelong connection with Beat writer William S. Burroughs.

Featuring greats like singer Marianne Faithfull, singer/artist Genesis P-Orridge of Psychic TV, poet John Giorno, punk rocker Iggy Pop, filmmaker Kenneth Anger and artist/turntablist DJ Spooky, FLicKeR is a hypnotic documentary that asks crucial questions about the nature of art and consciousness – and imagines humanity liberated to explore its creativity in complete freedom.

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