Plagues and Pleasures of the Salton Sea

Salvation Mountain

Narrated by John Waters, this documentary “Plagues and Pleasures of the Salton Sea” tells the boom-and-bust story of Southern California’s Salton Sea, an “engineering screw-up” caused by accidental flooding in 1905, existing now as a environmentally unstable lake in a delicate state of limbo between potential redevelopment and oblivion.

Filmmakers Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer focus on the eccentric locals, including Leonard Knight, creator of Salvation Mountain, to create a folksy portrait of upbeat survival in a decaying place.

More photos of “Salvation Mountain” on Unusual Life.

One comment

  1. Y.M.R.

    Oh, most definitely that is a cool film and I just bought the DVD, which also has a short film on Leonard Knight. He’s an interesting, if unusual guy.


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