9/14/2009

Documentary Film Of The Day: Plagues & Pleasures On The Salton Sea...

As someone who prides himself on his geographic knowledge, I'm ashamed to admit I had never heard of the Salton Sea. For those of you like me, the Salton Sea is a 15 by 35 mile man-made body of super-salty water just south of Palm Springs, California. I'm sure my west coast friends are familiar with it. The film, narrated by John Waters, tells the history of how it was formed and how it was, at one time, promoted as a new recreation and resort mecca - a "Las Vegas with water". Money poured in and land was sold for development. Due to a number of factors, most of them environmental, the Salton Sea never delivered on its promises and left behind an odd collection of ghost towns and their equally odd residents; some who remain out of necessity and some who remain because they still believe it will one day become the vacation hotspot it was once touted to be. If you like docs with eccentric characters, you might want to check this out.

Netflix it HERE
Film's website HERE

7 comments:

red said...

The Salton Sea is one of the ickiest places on earth.

Prunella Jones said...

Oh, I love John Waters! I'll check it out.

Wasn't there a movie called The Salton Sea with Val Kilmer in it? I have vague memories of seeing something like that.

kirby said...

This comment doesn't really have anything to do with the Salton Sea (although coincidentally the Mailman's uncle was one of the hucksters who had a land scam going on out there years ago), I just wanted to thank you for helping me keep sane these past three weeks. Between your nipples and Oklahummous, I endured.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

This one bored me.

bubbles said...

I *just* learned about the Salton Sea this summer. I was looking at the maps for our trip to San Diego over the 4th and I investigated. I would love to see this documentary. Thanks!

vikkitikkitavi said...

BTW - the Salton Sea is a very nice little indie noir-ish film featuring a great performance by Val Kilmer.

GETkristiLOVE said...

Ty!