Posted at 5:58 PM on October 24, 2007
by Euan Kerr
Chris Metzler, co-director and producer of "Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea" says the toughest part of working on the film was that several of the people he's met making the film have since died. It's probably one of the problems of filming in a retirement community, but of course that doesn't make it any easier.
The documentary examines the strange history of the huge lake that formed by accident in the desert near Palm Springs California. It's has since failed as a resort area and now become an environmental disaster. It's also attracted a wondrous strange assortment of nomads and eccentrics who have decided it's pretty close to perfect as a place to live (apart from the smell of rotting fish and the 120 degree temps in the summer.)
This is a serious piece, but it says a lot that John Waters narrates the film.
Metzler is coming to the Twin Cities to introduce the film at the Bell Museum on Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon and also at the Arise bookstore in Minneapolis on Friday evening.
We had a great chat the other day and you can hear it here.