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.
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Film's website HERE