The worn film reel captures ruby red flowers planted on Salvation Mountain in the California desert. A few cars are parked next to it. The red heart painting starting with Jesus is seen through a kaleidoscopic view. A cat sleeps on a cement slab.
The back wheel drives down the sandy road. Coldplay sit on the various letters of Love on the top. Within the cave, Chris kneels down, bouncing. From the top of the mountain, they wave. Birds fly in the air.
Sparks sprinkle over a young woman leaning her head outside the window during a long drive. Barefoot, she walks in the sand, wearing a white dress. Chris beckons someone to come over. A rainbow, painted on the mountain, leads to a heart in the middle.
She continues to dance on the sand, her image inverted, showing various colors. Martin waves again. They hang out at the mountain and during the last gasp of sunlight, they run on the sand. Written on the mountain is “we all are born to live but few of us…” However, the overlaying image cuts off the last word. A woman opens her mouth, sticking out her glittering gold tongue. Martin exclaims “yeah!” as he reaches the top. A young woman’s eyes are seen and then she dances.
Martin, seen in kaleidoscopic view, calls out to the sky. A crystal turns into the shape of a brain. Sparks sprinkle over various objects again. Salvation Mountain is seen from a few feet away.
Salvation Mountain, known for its peaceful objects and healing verse, has become a respite for those wanting to escape the cruelty of the world. A foundation was set up for it after creator Leonard Knight’s death in 2014 and is currently maintained by volunteers.
Chris Martin believes he has reached the top of Mount Everest and hollers. The band dances and walks through the caves without really glancing at the art. It’s a place they were told to see by friends and to add on the bucket list. As Martin raises his arms, it’s as though he has accomplished a major climb that few have achieved. They leave Salvation Mountain, their lives unchanged.
The kaleidoscopic effect breaks the pieces of mountain up and rotates them slowly. However, the focus is on the shapes and not the words expressed within it. At one point, an overlaying image blocks the quote painted on it, rendering it useless. There are several sections to explore but none are featured.
Director: Marcus Haney Year: 2016
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