Pelican (#169) — by Joe Reifer
I saw a great documentary last year called Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea. Between this movie and Troy Paiva’s night photography book Lost America, I got really fired up to visit the area. In December 2006, I took a road trip out to the desert, that included a morning photographing Bombay Beach, and an afternoon at Salvation Mountain. The filmmakers did a short on Salvation Mountain that is available on PBS’ Independent Lens.
Plagues and Pleasures has been touring the festival circuit for awhile. In the Fall of 2007 there will be a theatrical release, TV release, and after that the movie will be available on DVD. February 11, 2007 is the 100th anniversary of the accident that created the Salton Sea. For a limited time you can pre-order a special filmmaker’s copy of Plagues and Pleasures from the website for $22.95, and you’ll get your copy in April. Now that I’ve explored the area, I can’t wait to see the movie again — and I’m already planning another trip to the Salton Sea in late 2007.
I was going to wait until next month to do another give away, but today seems appropriate — I’ve got a short DVD tour of Salvation Mountain given to me by Leonard Knight. Just answer these questions in the comments and I’ll send the DVD to the lucky winner:
- What’s your favorite fish?
- Have you seen the movie Salton Sea with Val Kilmer?
- What’s your favorite Val Kilmer movie?