Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Secret Life Of...

I recently returned from Mexico, where I was with a small crew, shooting the pilot episode of a documentary series entitled "The Secret Life Of..." The show is hosted by Dan Glass, and each episode focuses on the lesser known stories behind different psychoactives in cities around the world.

For the pilot, we went to Huautla de Jimenez, Mexico, to talk to local Mazatec people about the use of psilocybin mushrooms in healing ceremonies in the area.

Huautla was made famous in the late 50's after R. Gordon Wasson published his documentation of a ceremony in Life magazine, resulting in a hippie invasion to the remote mountain town that lasted over a decade. Today, mushrooms are still commonly used for healing, and have become a very public symbol of Huautla's pride in their culture.

Our episode features interviews with anthropologist and author of "The Devil's Book of Culture," Ben Feinberg, local curandera Ines Cortes Rodriguez, Mazatec ritual specialist Edward Abse, and a wide variety of local historians, musicians, and business owners.

I've posted a trailer, and expect to have a cut of the show by mid February.

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