Tripping is an hour long documentary from 1999 about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. The Pranksters were a group of hippies led by Ken Kesey who took a psychedelic road trip across the United States in a school bus.
Their iconic school bus was covered in trippy patterns and day-glo colors, making heads turn whenever it drove by. The story of the Merry Pranksters is detailed in Tom Wolfe's book, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
This documentary features archive footage of Ken Kesey and some of the key Pranksters such as Mountain Girl.
The story of the Pranksters is one that fascinated me from the moment I first learned of their incredible journey across the country.
"Broadcast by Channel 4 in August 1999 in anticipation of Ken Kesey's trip to the UK for the total eclipse, this is a well constructed documentary look at Kesey, the Merry Pranksters, the bus trip, the Acid Tests and all the other fun they got up to. It features lots of great archive footage; contemporary (late 90s) footage filmed at Kesey's home and on the road with the latest bus; and interviews with the relevant (Hunter S. Thompson, subtitled!) and the curious (Malcom McLaren and Fatboy Slim?).