Plagues and Pleasures of the Salton Sea (2004)

Sponsored by Tom Sant & Susan Hirsch / Hyde Park Partners

We are delighted to bring back this unusual film – winner of the SLO Film Fest Best Documentary award in 2004 – and its director, Chris Metzler. He has a new documentary at the Festival this year as well – “Rodents of Unusual Size,” screening in our Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase.

In the middle of a harsh desert valley in California’s southeast corner lies a glimmering blue jewel called the Salton Sea. Along its desolate shores stand boarded-up motels, dusty rural towns, half-flooded vacation homes and miles of sun-crisped fish carcasses. Amid this surreal and apocalyptic landscape survives a most unusual and unexpected group of eccentrics, who have carved out their own slice of paradise on the shores of this ecological disaster. Documentary. 86 min. USA

Wednesday 4:00pm Palm Theatre