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Plagues & Pleasures Swamp L.A.

By Mike Everleth ⋅ April 18, 2007

Older woman standing next to a golf cart in the desert

Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer‘s elegantly twisted documentary, Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea, will be playing on it’s home turf of Los Angeles for a limited run from April 20th to the 26th. The film has won 30 awards for Best Documentary and has played at over 100 festivals worldwide. But, best of all, it got an awesome review from the Underground Film Journal! You can read all of the amazing things I said about it right here. Here’s my description of the film from that review:

Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer’s documentary Plagues & Pleasures On The Salton Sea is a portrait of an environment on the decline. The actual sea, which is 35 miles long and 15 miles wide and was created by accident in California’s Imperial Valley by a diversion of the Colorado River, briefly flourished as a resort area from the ’50s to the ’70s until massive flooding and the sea’s high salt content turned it into an ecological disaster. Now the lakeside is populated by elderly speculators still hoping the area will be revived, refugees escaping the violence of inner city Los Angeles and the general types of eccentrics that flock to the West Coast in seeming droves.

Which doesn’t give an inkling of how great the film is, especially since it’s narrated by the legendary John Waters. If you live in L.A., you should go. Here’s where it’s playing and the times:

Laemmle’s Grande 4-Plex
345 S. Figueroa St.
Downtown Los Angeles

Fri: 5:45pm, 7:45pm, and 9:45pm
Sat-Sun: 1:45pm, 3:45pm, 5:45pm, 7:45pm, and 9:45pm
Mon-Thurs: 5:45pm and 7:45pm

For more info, please visit the film’s official site.