Short of the Week

The Accidental Sea

Writer/filmmaker Ransom Riggs directs this poetic look at the doomed inland desert oasis, “The Salton Sea”.

Growing up in Southern California, the Salton Sea is, personally, an endless source of fascination—an over-the-top cinematic narrative of man’s hubris and fall, that, tragically, is not constrained to the screen but stained upon the Earth—made real and free to visit. Media raconteur Ransom Riggs’ brief 6 minute short film documentary about the woebegone desert sea nicely straddles the line between being dryly informative and spookily subjective.

Ransom Riggs, besides already having a mega-star name, is an interesting up-and-coming creative. He just released a teen novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, that has been very well received; it was listed as an Amazon “Best Book” for June, and 20th Century Fox swooped in quickly to secure the film rights before it even hit shelves. A USC film graduate, Riggs has also made a few short films, and commerically, has worked in the interesting, and as of yet under-developed arena of book-trailers. Oh he is a fine photographer too. Learn more about Rigg’s varied work at his website.

Co-Founder of Short of the Week, Sondhi lives in Brooklyn working as a Curator for Vimeo. Follow his musings on online video, direct distribution and branded content: @jasondhi.
  • Tom

    Great film, thanks for sharing…will need a little bit of time to digest it..but it was brilliant

  • Cameron

    this is amazing; story and all. the view and tone was captured so well into your own.

  • Nick

    very cool

  • Stockguru23

    I liked the film.  Very well done and narrated.

  • Jason Roberts

    extremely intriguing!

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  • Israel Vasquez

    Why so much music?

  • Israel Vasquez

    Why so much music?

  • Christen

    I thought the music was an intergral part of the film. I wish he credited it, as it was quite nice.

  • Rach

    This documentary has potential. I hope to see the filmmaker explore the life and motivations of the man who painted the whole God is Love thing.