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Bombay Beach -- A documentary-record-cum-drama with dreamlike musical elements describing a small community on the fringes of the lost American dream, and the dreamers who populate its surreal and poetic landscape.

Bombay Beach is one of the poorest communities in southern California located on the shores of the Salton Sea, a man-made sea stranded in the middle of the Colorado desert that was once a beautiful vacation destination for the privileged and is now a pool of dead fish.

The narratives are interspersed with choreographed dance sequences in which the protagonists dance – to music specially composed for the film by Zach Condon of the band Beirut and songs by Bob Dylan. 

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Directed by
Alma Har'el 
Produced by
Alma Har'el .... producer
Rafael Marmor .... associate producer
Boaz Yakin .... executive producer
Boaz Yakin .... producer
Original Music by
Zach Condon 
Cinematography by
Alma Har'el 
Film Editing by
Alma Har'el 
Joe Lindquist 
Sound Department
Dror Mohar .... sound designer
Dror Mohar .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthias Koenigswieser .... additional photography
Editorial Department
Alex Hulsey .... post production supervisor
Michael Lafuente .... digital intermediate technical director
Beau Leon .... colorist
Clark Andrew Vogeler .... additional editor
Terry Yates .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jordan Calig .... post production audio engineer
Other crew
Paula Present .... choreographer
Travis Baker .... special thanks
Bob Dylan .... special thanks
Werner Herzog .... special thanks
Chris Innis .... special thanks
Bob Murawski .... special thanks
Brian Perkins .... special thanks
Andrew Spieler .... special thanks
Richard Tanne .... special thanks


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80 min

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Magical Desert Mystery Tour, 23 October 2011
Author: djdavig from United States

If you have a creative bone in your body then see this film. I took a chance and was astounded at how good this work of art is. Everything Gummo was not this beauty is. The subjects are interesting enough on their own but the subject matter and characters are not the center piece but how she creates astounding scenes using the subjects in creative ways to weave a larger story just blew me away. A little boy struggling with the effects of multiple behavioral medications suddenly falls into a dreamlike trance and becomes a fireman riding a giant fire truck. A little boy and girl act out going on a date before dumping water all over each other in hilarious laughter. Two teenagers in love suddenly put on theatrical masks and dance together in slow and sensual synchronization. One minute an old man is comatose and near death on a gurney in the ER and the next he is racing in the desert on his ATV, which I think actually happened. It is the juxtaposition of the stark reality of their poverty and problems with their dreams that so pleasantly surprises. As great as the writing and editing is the sum total of the parts work together to create a film that takes you on a magical mystery tour through this desert community near the Salton Sea. Simply phenomenal and hopefully the first of many.

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