Ever take the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
? A couple of years ago, Robert Belau from Bedford Hills NY signed on as an Executive Producer for a feature documentary about Ken Kesey’s
fabled road trip across America to the 1964 World’s Fair
. Kesey, the famed author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
“, was joined by The Merry Band of Pranksters, a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers, including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac’s “On the Road”. Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, shooting footage on 16MM, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen. Tom Wolfe’s classic book, “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
”, was the only public record.
Directors Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney
, have painstakingly restored this footage, and have created what they hope will be both an immensely entertaining film and the definitive record of this extraordinary piece of American history.