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. The dream machine offers a drugless high that its creator – poet, artist, calligrapher and mystic Brion Gysin – believed would revolutionize human consciousness. He wasn't alone. Kurt Cobain had a dream machine. And William S. Burroughs thought it could be used to "storm the citadels of enlightenment."
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. Featuring greats like Burroughs (in archival footage), singer Marianne Faithfull, singer Genesis P-Orridge of Psychic TV, rocker Iggy Pop, poet John Giorno, filmmaker Kenneth Anger and artist/turntablist DJ Spooky, Flicker is a hypnotic documentary.
|Studio:||National Film Board of Canada|
|Producer(s):||Anita Lee, Maureen Judge|
|Cast:||Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs, Marianne Faithfull, Genesis P-Orridge, Iggy Pop, John Giorno, Kenneth Anger, DJ Spooky|