Art and Design
Cosmo Feilding-Mellen, the son of the queen of psychedelics, directed a fantastic documentary in 2015 called The Sunshine Makers. Underground chemists Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully manufactured massive amounts of LSD while staying one step ahead of the law. The documentary tells the story of this unlikely duo at the heart of the 1960s American drug counter-culture. Not only is this a fascinating account, but it is also edited incredibly creatively and psychedelically. Funga loves it!
LSD, they thought, would save the world in a matter of years, provided they could get enough people to take it. Money wasn’t the aim for the pair — at least not for Scully, Sand didn’t mind getting paid — their goal was to spread the lessons they had learned on those early trips. With a little help from their rich-kid friend Billy Hitchcock’s deep pockets, Sand and Scully started their own lab in California and started cranking out their own “Orange Sunshine” LSD tabs – four million doses in a single month, to be exact.
While Sand practices (naked) yoga and rings bells with a ceremonious air, Scully tinkers with a shed full of mysterious electrical devices, and shows off cupboards of canned goods, arranged with excessive care. Still, as they amble together through the film, side by side and a bit worse for the wear, you can still sense the camaraderie there – you can still see the men who worked so hard, at all costs, to turn on the world. (read the full Rolling Stone review here)