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‘Salton Sea’ Shows a Married Couple in Turmoil at a Fading Desert Resort

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Salton Sea

Logline: At the turn of the 21st century a sniper in DC is killing a person a day. Meanwhile, in the California desert, a man adrift knows all to well his dream of redemption is just that, a dream.

Elevator Pitch:
Set in a small desert town during the 2002 Beltway Sniper shootings, Brian has been offered a job in DC. Ramona, his wife, is reluctant to make the move. Brian’s dreams of escape seem unlikely and he is forced to question the justification for the optimism that was instilled in him as a child. Their relationship becomes strained and is only made worse by Brian’s growing anxiety brought on by Sniper coverage in the media. This ultimately leads them to take a desperate trip to the Salton Sea, a faded seaside resort destination, where only a year ago they honeymooned.

Production Team:

Director – Michael Stevantoni
Producer- Alex Potter
Producer- Sohaib Ali
Producer – Gia Rigoli
Co-Producer – Nasser Akkari
Director of Photography – Thomas Taugher
Production Designer – Karleigh Engelbrecht

About the Film:
In the 1950’s the Salton Sea was a resort destination, designed with the hope that it would one day rival Palm Springs. Today, rotting fish, abandoned motels and retirees still holding onto the dream are the only evidence of what had once been. America is changing. With this transformation, vast portions of the country become forgotten. These places and the people who inhabit them become trapped in a time capsule. A sea that once held promise, a relationship that once felt love and a country whose fate is yet to be determined; these are the characters of this contemporary western.

Current Status: We are currently casting and securing locations for shooting in August. Kickstarter ends next week with $20K to go.

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