I’ve derived much inspiration from both John Waters and the desert region outside of San Diego, so I was thrilled to discover Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea. Narrated by Waters, it offers an in-depth look into the Salton Sea and some nearby areas. I was delighted to see Salvation Mountain and its lovely caretaker, Leonard Knight, also featured. Eccentricity and tragedy are our words du jour.
- Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (USA) 2007, Docurama
- List price: $19.95
People may be turned off from Fur because of its subtitle: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus. They may think it only offers a fantastical and ridiculous stretching of the truth. But it’s a very sweet and intriguing look at a specific period of her life. Based in fact, openly interpreted, it’s inspiring and delightful. The filmmakers show a lot of respect for Arbus, and try to create a touching and magical story to creatively fill in biographical gaps for fans.
- Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (USA) 2006, Newline
- List price: $27.98
— Michael Mahaffey, Artist, etsy.com/people/MrMahaffey