The Sunshine Makers
1h30m | Directed by Allison Brownmoore | USA | Documentary
A real-life “Breaking Bad” for the psychedelic set, The Sunshine Makers reveals the fascinating untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, an unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counterculture. United in a utopian mission to save the planet through the consciousness-raising power of LSD, these underground chemists manufactured a massive amount of “Orange Sunshine” acid, staying one step ahead of the Feds…at least for a while. (c) FilmRise
Even if you never shake the feeling that there’s more to this story, more darkness and scares, there’s no question that hanging out with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn on acid has its appeal.
Manohla Dargis | New York Times | Full review
An ode to the counterculture’s well-intentioned ethos and the dubious conduct it spawned, Mellen’s film is the rare documentary to function as time capsule, philosophical inquiry, and rollicking thriller all at once
Nick Schager | The Daily Beast | Full review