February 23, 2008The Unforeseen
February 24, 2008Animation Celebration!
February 25, 2008Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea
February 26, 2008Exploring the Mother of Waters
February 27, 2008American Values, American Wilderness
February 28, 2008In the Shadow of the Moon
February 29, 2008Stand van de maan
March 1, 2008Up the Yangtze
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004)
When: February 25, 2008, 7 pm
Presented by: Jeff Springer, Writer and Co-Director
Once known as the California Riviera, the Salton Sea is now called one of America's 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.
Co-Directors: Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer
Narrated by: John Waters
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea will be preceded by a short film:
My Biodegradable Heart (4 min.)
Written and directed by Dana Adam Shapiro
An animated fable about a hopeless boy's plea for love, and an indifferent girl's plea for environmental sanity. This short film, by the director of the academy award-nominated documentary Murderball, had its premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
News & Views
March 10, 2008
Read about the "Single-Shot Cinema" Workshop that was presented by documentary filmmaker Leonard Retel-Helmrich.
March 7, 2008
The 2008 Awards have been announced, click here to see the winners.
February 15, 2008
Documentary filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich will be presenting his "Single Shot Cinema" workshop on March 1, 2008. This one-day workshop will combine a theoretical overview of his acclaimed method with a rare opportunity for hands-on exploration of the technique. Learn more and register.