Conrad Rooks | 1966  | USA | 82 min

The hypnotic, psychedelic 1966 cult film written, directed by and starring Conrad Rooks was based on Rooks’ own experiences with drug addiction and his reaffirmation of life while visiting Switzerland. The film depicts its namesake, Chappaqua, New York as a sleepy hamlet in Westchester County, symbolic of drug-free suburban childhood innocence as well as one of the film’s references to Native American culture. (The name Chappaqua derives from the Wappinger Algonquian people and translates to ‘laurel swamp.’)