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"The Burning Sensation" will scorch your senses as it takes you into the heart of the Burning Man experience. In 2001 some 20,000+ souls made a pilgrimage to the Black Rock Desert to ... See full summary »


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"The Burning Sensation" will scorch your senses as it takes you into the heart of the Burning Man experience. In 2001 some 20,000+ souls made a pilgrimage to the Black Rock Desert to practice radical self-expression and self-reliance in a temporary, commerce-free community. At the end a 50-foot high, neon-lit, wooden effigy is burned, igniting a wild, tribal, all-night celebration. The world's largest venue for public art, Burning Man has elements of a Vegas acid trip, a nudist colony, a pyrotechnic convention, the Rose Bowl parade, a rave, the Museum of Modern Art, and a Mad Max movie dispersed over the 107 degree desert. The film captures intense footage of several art events as well as interviews with Burning Man organizers Larry Harvey (also co-founder), Crimson Rose and Will Roger who explain how, what started in 1986 as an impromptu Summer Solstice celebration, put on by a few friends at a beach in San Francisco, has turned into a full-blown exercise in city planning and ... Written by Anonymous

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6 September 2002 (USA)  »

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A return to the playa: a portrait of Black Rock City, USA
13 September 2000 | by (Hollywood, California) – See all my reviews

I myself have only been to Burning Man once. Not knowing what to expect, I must admit I was a little in awe at the variety of things going on. I did feel very much like a voyeur my first couple of days there; but I soon learned the ways of Black Rock City, and felt like a productive citizen of the community.

This film brings me back there. It held a sense of nostalgia and I feel the hunger to return. To offer something more. To give back.

The interviews are diverse as well as informative. I loved the interview with Larry Harvey. I could listen to him for hours. This interview in particular makes you realize you were a part of something unique (if you didn't realize that already) and several great points were made about our loss of culture and tradition.

I feel the need to address some confused comments merely because I feel they missed the point in a big way--or went into viewing this documentary feeling very angry and paranoid. A multitude of different events from Burning Man 98' and 99' were featured--one can't be all places at all times. Especially with no budget. The nudity in this film was pretty evenly dispersed on both sexes--it's kind of difficult to cover up the nudity in a documentary on Burning Man. Lot's of up front interviews with Black Rock citizens and coordinators. I guess we all see what we want to see.

Overall, I feel this film has flowered into a very fun and meaningful documentary.

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