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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