DIRTY PICTURES is a documentary about Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, the rogue chemist who discovered the effects of MDMA (aka Ecstasy) and over 200 other mind-altering drugs. Shulgin’s alchemy has earned him the title “The Godfather of Psychedelics,” and a reputation as one of the great chemists of the 20th century.
Working from a lab in his home, and using himself and his wife Ann as test subjects, Shulgin's discoveries have brought him into conflict with the law but made him a worldwide underground hero. The two books they co-authored, “Pihkal” and “Tihkal”, have built a foundation for cutting-edge neuroscience and medical research. DIRTY PICTURES examines the impact of Dr. Shulgin's lifelong quest to unlock the complexities of the human mind.
The film's co-producer, Sebastian Saville, has been involved in the drug policy field for many years and is currently the Executive Director of Release.
DIRTY PICTURES gets its title from Shulgin’s molecular drawings, which he wryly calls his “Dirty Pictures”. It is Directed and Produced by ETIENNE SAURET, the documentarian who made “WTC: The First 24 Hours” and most recently worked on Anton Jareki’s “Why we Fight”.
DIRTY PICTURES was Produced by Sauret’s TURN OF THE CENTURY PICTURES in association with ISIS FILMS.
The film is currently playing at film festivals in the US and will be coming to festivals in the UK and the rest of Europe this year.