On the latest episode of Get Illuminated, I interviewed Chris Metzler, the co-director of a fascinating documentary called Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea
, which is coming to theaters later this month.
Once known as the "California Riviera," the Salton Sea is now called one of Americas worst ecological disasters: a fetid, stagnant, salty lake, coughing up dead fish and birds by the thousands. Yet a few hardy eccentrics hang on to hope, including a roadside nudist waving at passing European tourists, a man building a religious mountain out of mud and paint, beer-loving Hungarian Revolutionary Hunky Daddy, and the real-estate Ronald McDonald known simply as The Landman. Through their perceptions and misperceptions, the strange history and unexpected beauty of the Salton Sea is revealed.
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