Plagues & Pleasures On The Salton Sea: Now On DVD
For the past year or so, I’ve written several pieces about the excellent documentary Plagues & Pleasures On The Salton Sea, directed by Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer, that has been screened in numerous underground film festivals and won an abundance of much-deserved awards. Now I’m thrilled to say that it’s finally out on DVD as of yesterday on the Docurama label.
It’s a thoroughly twisted portrait of California’s Salton Sea, an “accidental lake” that briefly flourished in the ’50s as a hip resort, but environmental problems, including a nasty buildup of excessive salt has turned the place into a fetid dump. Although, there are several locals who still live near the simmering stew of dead fish, including a guy named “Hunky Daddy” and “Naked Don,” who treat the place as if it’s the Garden of Eden redux. The film is a bizarrely fascinating portrait of one of the most forgotten places on Earth. And the movie’s narrated by John Waters of all people.
Watch the Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea movie trailer:
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