Once a year, on a vast Nevada lake bed surrounded by mountains and for the past 20 years, the Burning Man festival brings together tens of thousands of people who are attracted by the ... See full summary »
Once a year, on a vast Nevada lake bed surrounded by mountains and for the past 20 years, the Burning Man festival brings together tens of thousands of people who are attracted by the festival's promise of seven days of de-commodification, community, artwork, and revelry. But increasingly, many question whether Burning Man's mainstream appeal threatens - or even upends - the festival's utopian vision. Through a series of in-depth interviews of the festival's founders, organizers, and participants, DUST & ILLUSIONS traces the festival's history, while examining whether the festival is a victim of its own success. The documentary also offers a new perspective about the event, and looks at our ability as human beings to create new forms of community in the 1st century. Written by
'Adrian Roberts (V)' mentioned that the Burning Man organization (Black Rock Limited Liability Corporation) spends tens of thousands of dollars on the Burning Man wooden effigy. The actual budget in the recent years actually reached $200,000 for the figure and its pedestal. It has been a long time criticized spending, which diverts away funds that could be made available to artists. See more »
If you ever dropped a dime on Burning Man, this is the 1st real accounting, you gotta see it.
This is a must see film for anyone into Burning Man and art subculture.
If you ever have gone to Burning Man or ever heard anything about it, this tells the full story of its origin, its founders (known and unknown), and has amazing footage, interviews, and images. Really well done that ties all the elements together in a tight seamless weave.
Having been close to the event for 14 years and knowing nearly all the interviewee's as well as so many back stories that never can or will be told I was completely stunned by this documentary.
I think it hangs those that deserves hanging ( by their own words and deeds mind you) and gives credit and props to those that really make the event, what was (and sometimes still is ) a unique life changing event.
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