Quirky and charming with a surprisingly deep soul, Desert Blue sneaks up on you. This is independent filmmaking at it's finest at the twilight of an era before digital cameras and Final Cut Pro forever changed (and flooded) the indie scene. Supported by an all-star cast before they were stars, Desert Blue is both a coming of age and nostalgia for a glorious past type of story. Not just the glorious past of the fictional California desert town of Baxter's gold mining days, but nostalgia for the days when a passionate writer and director and producer and crew and cast would venture out to an abandoned town with canisters of film and toil to create a visual experience that is equal part whimsical fantasy and an observation of the shared experience that makes up everyday life. The young, glamorous television actress Skye (Kate Hudson) is forcibly placed into a very small, nowhere desert town by her well intentioned, road tripping father (John Heard). Neither Skye nor the varied array of local townspeople want to be there. Events unfold and while reluctantly at first, the characters get a chance to spend time together, each seeing their worlds in a different way as they bond against the distrustful federal agents that have placed the town under quarantine. Desert Blue is not entirely free of some predictable story cliches, but the amazing cast, funky locations, and deft pacing make this one turn down a forgotten lonely highway in the middle of nowhere that is not to be missed.