Magic Medicine

Series: Rental Event

This screening is sponsored by the Oregon Psilocybin Society. Early bird advance tickets will be sold for $10 through February 14, and for $15 from February 15.

Over two years, filmmaker Monty Wates was given exclusive access to the first medical trial to give psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, to a group of volunteers suffering from clinical depression. His powerful feature-length documentary MAGIC MEDICINE reveals the deeply moving stories of three of these volunteers and their families, and the ambitious team running the groundbreaking trial at the Imperial College of London.

The film features Dr. Robin Cahart-Harris, Head of the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial, who says that psychedelics like psilocybin have the potential to “revolutionize depression treatment, if not psychiatry.” Though the trial will throw them into uncharted territory, for the three volunteers whose depression has been diagnosed as untreatable, it feels like a last chance. Through deeply moving personal testimony, the film follows their emotional and psychological journeys through their "trips" and in the weeks and months that follow as they reflect on their experiences.

This screening of MAGIC MEDICINE is presented by the Oregon Psilocybin Society. The film will be introduced by Tom and Sheri Eckert, who are the Chief Petitioners of the Psilocybin Service Initiative – the 2020 ballot initiative campaign aiming to create legal access to psilocybin-assisted therapy in the state of Oregon. Proceeds from ticket sales support statewide efforts to educate the public about the initiative.