Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea

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:

  1. What’s your favorite fish?
  2. Have you seen the movie Salton Sea with Val Kilmer?
  3. What’s your favorite Val Kilmer movie?

5 thoughts on “Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea”

  1. 1. Halibut; or Sea Bass. Hard to decide. I really like the textuxe of each. Either is great grilled, cut in bize-sized pieces and dipped in a miso-teriyaki sauce I make.
    2. Nope, did not know he’d been there.
    3. Hand’s down: Top Secret! (1984) and his character of Nick Rivers, so bad as to be good. On the other had I really liked him as the ‘Ice’ -man in Top Gun (1986). What an ass-h***.

  2. Toro Sashimi

    Of Course I have. It was a disappointment, wasn’t it? Well, the guy with no nose was amusing.

    A tossup between “Top Secret”, “True Romance” (as the ghost of Elvis) and “Heat.”

  3. Well, I’m with Paul on the fish, Troy on the Salton Sea movie, and Top Secret for the movie. So Troy gets the DVD if he wants it. Since Andy has played 2 out of 2 contests, he gets the Salvation Mountain puzzle. If Troy & Andy would rather swap the puzzle for the DVD that’s fine.

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