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 talks about his first Burning Man in 1993. The sequence shows the burning of the wooden effigy during that exact year. In the footage you see lightnings at two separate times. The lightnings were not added to the image, but were actually recorded that same night. That night it rained a lot and there was a little panic on the playa. One camera crew left in a rush with their RV, making many people laugh. See more »
As a relatively new member to the Burning Man community this documentary provided an historic account which I found most interesting and informative. Getting a glimpse of behind the scenes organization of Burning Man was one of the movie's highlights. I really enjoyed the Flaming Lotus girls and the structures they created. Most inspiring! One of my favorite parts of the movie was the formal dinner on the bridge in San Francisco.
The only part of the movie I found lacking was the perspective of where Burning Man is today and where the director sees Burning Man in the future. I also would have appreciated some testimonials of participants, not just the organizers. Still, it shows you that putting Burning Man together takes quite an effort with some clashing of egos.
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