What is Pioneers of Leisure?

Pioneers of Leisure is the true story of a young Latino/Filipino boy from the Denver barrio who dreamed of more than shining shoes in a black nightclub.  Marcello achieved many of his dreams—partied with rock stars from Dylan to the Stones, traveled to North Africa (and escaping with his life), caravanned in Europe while selling LSD, and visited exotic Kashmir where he learned the art of smuggling. Along the way, he went to prison, suffered the deaths of two wives, and endured the toughest rehab in the country.

Marcello created a company to patent a food dehydration system capable of dealing with world hunger and presented it to the top echelons in the government only to be slandered and destroyed by a yellow journalism tabloid.

A simple twist led to high end cocaine dealing and the addiction that followed. Faster than a jet plane he imploded.

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Marcello offers us a window into this history of hip Colorado’s emergence. Enjoy the trip! —Scott B. Montgomery, professor of art at University of Denver and documentary filmmaker of The Family Dog.

Scott Montgomery