Premiere makes ‘Magic’

Alex Gibney rides Kesey adventure for 'Trip'

Tuesday’s Manhattan premiere at the Sunshine Landmark Cinema had Alex Gibney and co-director Alison Ellwood digging back into the acid-fueled 1964 road trip of Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters with their Magnolia Pictures and History Films release “Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place.”

The Peggy Siegal event held its afterparty at the Vault at Pfaff’s, where the documakers considered what kind of magic trip their pic will inspire in viewers.

“Take it in metaphorical direction,” Gibney laughed. “I would say, ‘Explore.'”

“We’re not advocating drug use,” Ellwood said, “but to look at the world in a different way.”

“I don’t think it makes anyone go out and do an acid trip,” added Julie Taymor, who hosted the screening. “The ’60s in general was a combination of politics, drugs, the idea of love. The idealism, mixed with a kind of insanity, individualism, freedom of mind, freedom of experience, is always good to see.”

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