Winner February 2012
BIO -"Marty Zitter is or has been a beatnik, hippie, air traffic controller, sexual revolutionary, stock broker, sports entrepreneur and, only now, a screenwriter. He and spouse Carol, parents of two 20-something sons, reside in Pasadena, California.
“Paradise Redux” is cinema roman a clef, a thinly disguised recounting of an often very funny “trip” among the canyons and peaks of the Santa Monica Mountains that he and some 9,000 others took as travelers in the heyday of the human potential movement.
If you were of age in the mid-60s in Los Angeles (or San Francisco or New York, for that matter) and have retained some memory of the era, recall what a heady time it was; with personal, cultural and scientific optimism that seemed to know no bounds.
With the singularly horrific exception of the escalating Vietnam War, art, music, theater, fashion, film, literature, the space program, the counter-culture, the sexual revolution and a sense of social and economic mobility promised a marvelous, exciting future.
All the while, looming over it all were some very conservative local governments and communities working themselves up to mortal combat over some of those emerging alternative lifestyles that they considered unholy.
“Paradise Redux” is also a story about what may have been one of their greatest such challenges. "
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