Magic Trip director Alex Gibney to speak at Rosendale screening

Alex Gibney

Writer and director Alex Gibney will be at the Rosendale Theatre to do a question-and-answer session after his film Magic Trip this Saturday, November 19 at 7:15 p.m. General admission is $6, $5 for members. Magic Trip is a freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ fabled road trip across America in the legendary Magic Bus. In 1964, Ken Kesey, the author of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, set off on a legendary, LSD-fuelled cross-country road trip to the New York World’s Fair. He 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, and the driver and painter of the psychedelic Magic Bus. Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, shooting footage on 16mm, but the film was never finished and for nearly 50 years their footage remained virtually unseen. Magic Trip is the product of years of unprecedented access to this raw footage: over 100 hours of film and audiotape. Gibney is an Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning producer, known for producing Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. His work as a writer and director includes the recent hit Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer and the 2008 Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side. The Rosendale Theatre is located at 408 Main Street in Rosendale. For more information, e-mail