I’m a Canadian documentary filmmaker named Connie Littlefield. My previous work includes “Hofmann’s Potion: The Early Years of LSD,” released in 2002. This film has been credited with changing the way many people think about psychedelic drugs. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada, this was one of the first documentaries to delve into the little known early history of the world’s most famous psychedelic.
With its all-star cast – Albert Hofmann, Stanislav Grof, Laura Huxley, Humphry Osmond, Abram Hoffer, Myron Stolaroff, Duncan Blewett, Ram Dass, and Ralph Metzner—Director Connie Littlefield’s Hofmann’s Potion chronicles and demystifies major psychedelic events of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Archival footage of Aldous Huxley, Humphry Osmond, and Timothy Leary captures the excitement of those decades and raises questions about possible useful uses of psychedelics in therapy and religion today.
“The Sunshine Makers” (2015), is a story that developed over the long haul. I wrote and produced this feature-length documentary film in collaboration with director Cosmo Feilding Mellen and Passion Pictures, UK.
“A real-life Breaking Bad for the psychedelic set, The Sunshine Makers reveals the entertaining, untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counterculture.”
– DOC NYC
“The Sunshine Makers” opened January 20, 2017, in New York City; online and in other cities a week later. Here are a few reviews: The New York Times, The New York Post, SF Gate, The Village Voice … and Rolling Stone.
“As its title suggests, “The Sunshine Makers” is probably the happiest, most carefree drug documentary you’re likely to see. The film explores the people behind the most well-known strain of LSD, who produced millions of doses in a single, sleep-deprived month. Their goal wasn’t money, but instead they wanted to save the world: If everyone took LSD, they would experience the feelings of love and connectedness the hallucinogen promises.”
– Kimber Myers, The Los Angeles Times
“In all the documentaries about the stupidities of the war against drugs, the smartest documentary yet may well be Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey,” said The Vancouver Sun, in 2007. This film features many heroic cops as well as Senator Larry Campbell, Judge James Gray, and NYPD (Retired) Detective Frank Serpico talking about how the war on drugs does more harm than the drugs do.
You can see most of my long-form work and a selection of my short films on my youtube channel.
My short film, “Huxley’s Exit,” is about treating end-of-life anxiety with psychedelics. I made this while pursuing an MFA degree, which I received in April 2016 from NSCAD University. My thesis is about the pedagogy of filmmaking, it’s called “Shoot First, Ask Questions Later: An Artists’s Statement About Teaching Film.” In it, I attempt to define a more artisanal and collaborative approach to the medium.
Currently I am in development on two film projects:
Here’s a demo reel:
“When you give people too much information, they instantly resort to pattern recognition to structure the experience. The work of the artist is to find patterns.”
– Marshall McLuhan