The Root Cellar

An interactive and multimedia exhibit dedicated to celebrating America’s rich history of psychedelic exploration, The Root Cellar will feature exhibits and talks the explore the origins and destiny of this lineage.

Friday, 3:45 to 5:30 pm

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

  • Don Latin, Author, The Harvard Psychedelic Club
  • Stephanie Schmitz, Purdue University Psychedelic Archives
  • Charles Shaw, Author, Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics, & Spirituality

Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


  • Charles Stein, Poet, Author, Artist
  • Alan Bell, Founder, Archedream For Humankind
  • Jonathan Talat Philips, Author, The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic

The Root Cellar Workshops

The Psychedelic Experience Film Viewing
At various times over the weekend
The 22-minute film, The Psychedelic Experience (1965), will be shown periodically. A film by Allen Willis & Jean Millay. Winner of the San Francisco International Film Festival, 1965, Zellerbach Award, 1965. Original soundtrack by Ravi Shankar & Alla Rahka. Original Timothy Leary introduction commentary. This award winning film was the first film broadcasted nationally on the taking of psychedelic drugs.

Focus on Sanity Viewing
At various times over the weekend
Focus on Sanity is a 30-minute, CBS program from 1956. In the film, a researcher, Dr. Sidney Cohen, is shown interviewing, and then dosing, a volunteer at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Los Angeles. The woman, who is identified only as the wife of a hospital employee, is in her late 20s or early 30s and appears fairly typical of her time. After more patter, which serves to convince the viewer that she is, in fact, normal, the woman is told to drink the acid, diluted in a glass of water. LSD was a legal pharmaceutical drug until 1966.

“Painting Paradoila: a live digital portrait workshop with Android Jones
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Sunday
(Admission allowed only with Sunday access – Pink, Yellow, or Grey badge)
The human face is one of the most iconic recognizable forms in nature, capturing the complexity and likeness of a human spirit and the molecular density of their form is an impossible task. However by taking advantage of the mind‘s need for meaning and our ability to recognize patterns, we can leverage our own brain‘s need for deception and use shapes lines color and form to create the illusion of life. In this workshop, Android Jones will take a live model and work to transcribe their essence into an digital image in real time.