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Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake (2010)

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Warner De Santis, a cosmologist obsessed with trying to hear God back in time at the "Origin of the Universe," gets fired from NASA, drives to the Mojave Desert, crashes his car, and ... See full summary »


Dominique De Fazio
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Credited cast:
Dominique De Fazio Dominique De Fazio ... Warner De Santis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Barrett David Barrett ... Jim
Linda Chang ... Uriella
Jon Collins ... Marcus
Nicolas Coster ... Dr. Woodley
Nic D'Avirro Nic D'Avirro ... Pete
Jeremy Denzlinger ... Policeman
Adalgisa Fiorillo Adalgisa Fiorillo ... Marylou
Annelie Harryson Annelie Harryson ... Laila Lund
Erica Howard Erica Howard ... Margie (as Erica Howards)
Shaun Kurtz Shaun Kurtz ... Jordan
Petra Lamy Petra Lamy ... Nina
David Leisure ... Benny
Barry Livingston ... Dr. McKenzie
Aldred Montoya Aldred Montoya ... Richard


Warner De Santis, a cosmologist obsessed with trying to hear God back in time at the "Origin of the Universe," gets fired from NASA, drives to the Mojave Desert, crashes his car, and remains in a small mining town until his car is fixed. There, Warner encounters persons that might be "spirit messengers." Taking their words as instructions, he goes on a mission to find what the Native Americans regard as the "Place of Origin." In the end, Warner finds in the ordinary world, close at hand, the spiritual meaning that escaped his reaching into the distance of space and time. Written by Dominique De Fazio

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Whoever doesn't dance does not know what is happening.





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18 December 2013 (USA) See more »

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Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


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$620,000 (estimated)
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A Personal and Universal Journey to Discovery
6 January 2014 | by szs88See all my reviews

The movie is a unique blend of mysticism, science, comedy, drama and romance for all ages. This bricolage works well to tell a story about a NASA cosmologist searching for meaning in the universe and within his life. Interesting concepts in regards to the Big Bang are conveyed in the beginning, but the film becomes more about Werner's journey through the desert as he is introduced to a group of artists and a native (Aldred Montoya) who share the rich history of the surrounding land. Barry Livingston and Suzanne Snyder also have major roles, which help drive the film. The acting of De Fazio is inspiriting. Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake is about personal and universal discovery, and the solitude found within Mother Nature. With Carlos Nakai's music and the sweeping desert landscapes, you are sure to be transported on a journey through enlightenment.

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