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Doors open 4:30PM | Music starts at 5:30PM
Reception Music | Post Film Discussion

General Admission:

Single Day Pass: $25 | 5-Day Festival Pass: $75 (Discounted: $15/event)
Film Screening is Free for Empress Theatre Film Club Members


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Event Info

Summer of Love Festival 2017 – Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love

The Summer of Love is a celebration of the original “Human Be-In” held in San Francisco in 1967 promoting the principles of Peace, Love and Compassion. This event is considered by many to be the birth of the counter-culture and the spark that ignited the 60’s Hip movement; which took the world by storm. Presidents were impeached and wars were stopped, a sea of humanity stood up and said “Hell No”. This pivotal moment was the start of many earth-shattering events and a mass spiritual awaking that inspired the Peace Movement, Anti-War Movement, The Environmental Movements, Gay Rights Movement, Women’s Movement etc all having their start and taking hold during this period.

The Sunshine Makers

A real-life ‘Breaking Bad’ for the psychedelic set, The Sunshine Makers reveals the fascinating, untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counter-culture. United in a utopian mission to save the planet through the consciousness-raising power of LSD, these underground chemists manufactured a massive amount of acid, including the gold standard for quality LSD, ‘Orange Sunshine,’ all while staying one step ahead of the Feds. From the producer of Searching for Sugarman and Listen to me Marlon, The Sunshine Makers premiered last year at the prestigious DOC NYC film festival to critical acclaim. The documentary has thrilled audiences with its stranger-than-fiction look into the lives of two “LSD evangelists.”

Theatrical release poster

Theatrical release poster

Directed by Cosmo Feilding-Mellen
Release date

January 20, 2017

Running time
1h 41m
Country United States
Language English

Reception Music: Shakey Zimmerman with Jennifer Mydland

Shakey Zimmerman brings a fresh, authentic, true to form sound. Featuring Jennifer Mydland, daughter of the Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland.

Led by veteran Bay Area musician, Pat Nevins on guitar, vocals, and harmonica. He has both opened shows and headlined over the years doing Bob Dylan and Neil Young songs. The songs are carried by Nevins, who has an uncanny ability to channel both Dylan and Young’s trademark voices, while giving them his own stamp. The catalog of songs is deep. Shows are packed with famous songs that come one after another entertaining audiences of all ages. The band can also surprise even the biggest fans with some unexpected deep cuts. Shakey Zimmerman is locked and loaded with a dizzying array of tunes that span the decades, and Nevins embraces both the sensitive side of Dylan and Young, as well as the power-packed electric driven rock and roll side.


The Sunshine Makers Trailer

Shakey Zimmerman