Life's a Beach
Imnotsayin screened "Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea" Saturday at Anthology Film Archives' Rural Route Film Festival. The tragically humorous documentary chronicals the history and current state of misery that surrounds California's largest (and least-celebrated) lake. The area, once known as "California's Riviera" has devolved into "one of Americas worst ecological disasters: a fetid, stagnant, salty lake, coughing up dead fish and birds by the thousands." While currently only showing on the festival circuit, the award-winning documentary will inevitably make it into limited-release (and DVD), and is a must-see when it does.
The film's best moments are its numerous interviews with local residents, including several realtors, who unanimously predict an imminent and staggering turnaround. Meanwhile, thousands of undeveloped suburban lots - complete with city sewer and water service - can be had for $3,500 cash, making the Salton Sea one of America's true real estate bargains, sort-of.
The film got us thinking about other real estate giveaways. More on cheap property tomorrow...