Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea
name = Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea
narrator = John Waters
Friends of Dean Martinez
language = English
runtime = 73 minutes
distributor = Tilapia Film
released = Theatrical - 2/24/06
Home Video - 9/25/07
website = http://saltonseadoc.com
amg_id = 1:306475
imdb_id = 0438327
The film premiered at the 2004
Slamdance Film Festival. With the addition of John Waters as the film’s narrator, the new version of the film premiered at the Provincetown Film Festival, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, hosted by Mr. Waters himself. The film opened in theaters on April 20th, 2007 and continues to screen theatrically throughout the United States and Canada.
A shorter, more environmentally themed version of the film aired on the
Sundance Channel's GREEN programming block, along with occasional broadcasts on the PBSstation, KQED, "Truly, CA" documentary TV series.
The DVD of "Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea" was released by the home video distributor, Docurama/New Video, on September 25th, 2007.
In screening at more than 200 festivals in twenty countries, "Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea" has won 35 awards for Best Documentary and received the following accolades in the press.
"One-of-a-kind documentary... A startlingly funny portrait of Gothic Americana." - [http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0601/p14s02-almo.html "Christian Science Monitor -
June 1, 2007"]
"Droll, deadpan... A fascinating, nutty story, a kind of Chinatown gone wrong (or gone more wrong.)" - [http://chicago.metromix.com/movies/review/movie-review-plagues-and/163872/content "Chicago Tribune -
June 1, 2007"]
"Historically thorough and thoroughly hysterical." - [http://www.laweekly.com/film+tv/film-reviews/film-reviews-hot-fuzz-redline-and-more/16174/ "LA Weekly - April 19th, 2007"]
"A heartbreaking, sidesplitting parade of humanity." - [http://www.villagevoice.com/nyclife/0629,tudor,73883,15.html "The Village Voice - July 18th, 2006"]
"Four stars! Offering you a vacation like you've never had before... in this charming, yet sad documentary." - [http://www.filmthreat.com/index.php?section=reviews&Id=6465 "Film Threat - September 23rd, 2005"]
*Metzler, Chris and Springer, Jeff - "Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea" - Tilapia Film,  - Thorough history of the first 100 years at the Salton Sea and the prospects for the future - http://www.saltonseadoc.com/.
* [http://saltonseadoc.com "Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea" - Official film website"]
* [http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/plagues_and_pleasures_on_the_salton_sea Rotten Tomatoes Movie Database page]
* [http://www.myspace.com/plaguesandpleasures "MYSPACE page"]
* [http://shuffleboil.com/2008/04/07/christopher-metzler-plagues-and-pleasures-on-the-salton-sea/ 2008 interview with Christopher Metzler]
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