In search of her grandmother’s wedding dress, Jenny travels to the Salton Sea.
Amid the brutal ecological disaster of the sea and mounds of family debris, she reconnects with her eccentric aunt and begins to uncover a murky family history. As she starts to see the beauty of the neglected oasis and its inhabitants, she realizes her life is not what she thought it was. When secrets emerge, she must make hard choices about her future to be free from the past.
Saltwater is an independent feature film, written and directed by Bay Area Artist, Filmmaker and Educator Lise Swenson. The film is being produced in collaboration with City College of San Francisco using an educational community-based model. Since January of 2012, over 50 city college students have worked as interns to complete preproduction and bring this film to life. Saltwater began filming on February 28th and will wrap May 19th 2013 with a crew made up of a mixture of students and respected industry professionals. We are scheduled to complete post-post production in September of 2013, have a successful showing at film festivals starting shortly thereafter, and to secure distribution by the end of 2014.