“We are as gods and might as well get good at it,” Stewart Brand wrote in 1968.
A Zelig-like pioneer of LSD, modern environmentalism, cyberspace and futurism now urges people to use their god-like powers to fight extinction by reviving lost species, but his former allies in the environmental movement vow to stand in his way.
Directed by David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, Stewart Brand, the visionary founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, is profiled in the documentary, We Are As Gods. Greenwich Entertainment will release the films in theaters starting in New York and Los Angeles on August 12.
We Are As Gods offers a deep dive into the many sides of Stewart Brand – the Zelig-like creator of The Whole Earth Catalog, an influential member of Ken Kesey’s “The Merry Pranksters,” and an early activist in the modern environmental movement. Brand, in his guise as cyber-utopian, coined the phrase “personal computer” and influenced many in Silicon Valley, including Steve Jobs, who have gone on to shape our modern world. Now in his 80s, Brand looks to leave a legacy for the long-term future with his efforts to rewild ecosystems by resurrecting extinct species. But his former allies believe he’s gone too far.
Watch a trailer for We Are As Gods
Directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg said: “With our partners at Greenwich Entertainment, we’re thrilled to bring Stewart Brand’s extraordinary story into movie theaters and homes across America. Stewart is an amazing subject for a documentary – a showman whose grand projects are responsible for shifting humanity’s perspective on Earth, time, and now life itself. Stewart gave us filmmakers unfettered access to his life for the last 3+ years, and access to 50+ years of never-seen-before archival material. The result is a cinematic experience of the amazing life of this towering figure.”