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iW's Project of the Day: LSD-Induced Music & Retirement of Anonymous Artists of America

By Indiewire | Indiewire September 12, 2011 at 2:08AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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iW's Project of the Day: LSD-Induced Music & Retirement of Anonymous Artists of America
An image from Tania Backus's "Anonymous Artists of America."

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Anonyomous Artists of America"

Tweetable Logline:

Trip with one of the first psychedelic bands to experience the Acid Tests, form a commune and live the essence of American counterculture

Elevator Pitch:

This is a documentary film about a group of people known as the Anonymous Artists of America (aka AAA). After giving them 10,000 hits of LSD and a Buchla synthesizer, Richard Alpert (now Ram Dass) helped to launch the Bay Area band. They became notorious and shortly after the Summer of Love, the communards boarded their psychedelic bus and set off for southern Colorado, where they bought 600 acres and lived the essence of the American back-to-the-land movement.

You can't go home again...or can you?

Production Team:

Producer/Director: Tania Backus
Associate Producer/Cinemaphotographer: Phil Seneker

About the Production:

"This is a story of historical importance, but also a personal journey for me, because I grew up with the AAA. The last two years I have been collecting information and deciding how to tell the story about the Anonymous Artists of America (aka AAA). In keeping with their name, the members have remained under-documented and relatively anonymous, despite their legendary underground reputation. This journey began when I was given a box of 8 mm film taken during early 1970s. This treasure trove led me to hours of additional research into what had happened to the people in the film." -- Tania Backus

Current Status:

Fundraising and in-production.

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IndieGoGo Page

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