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The 'America's Dead Sea' Film Tracks the Salton Sea Decline

 - Mar 30, 2012
References: vimeo & thefoxisblack
The 'America's Dead Sea' documentary by photojournalist Jim Lo Scalzo tracks the development of California's Salton City region, a past hub that once revolved around a rare desert bed of water.

In 1905, the Colorado River spilled over into Salton City, so much so that the 'Salton Sea' was formed. During the 1950s, a businessman in the sugar industry built up the infrastructure of the district, a move that formed a bustling town along what was dubbed the 'Salton Rivera.'

In the America's Dead Sea film, Lo Scalzo tracks the progression of the Salton Rivera phenomenon. The images and sound captures are authentic, displaying the retro clips that were used to reference the area. As little water flows to the Salton Sea today, the piece follows its steady downfall, initially marked by bikini-clad groups and progressively replaced by deserted trailers and garbage heaps.

The Salton City decline presented by America's Dead Sea film speaks to the tragic collapse of many American cities, and therefore touches upon a broader social issue.