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Dust & Illusions (2009)

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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 »

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Cast

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Jerry James ...
Burning Man Co-Founder / Carpenter
Larry Harvey ...
Burning Man Co-Founder and Executive Director
John Law ...
Burning Man Co-Founder / Cacophonist
Michael Mikel ...
Burning Man Co-Founder and Director
Michael Hopkins ...
Artist
Kevin Evans ...
Artist
William Binzen ...
Artist / Photographer
Charlie Gadeken ...
Artist / Boxshop Artists Studios' Director
Pepe Ozan ...
Artist / Sculptor
Chicken John ...
Event Promoter
Adrian Roberts ...
Newspaper Editor / Piss Clear Editor
Marian Goodell ...
Burning Man Communication and Finance Director
Rebecca Randers ...
Artist / Flaming Lotus Girls
James Stauffer ...
Writer / Flaming Lotus Girls
Jim Mason ...
Artist / Shipyard Artists Studios' Director
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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 Madnomad Films

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30 years of history of the Burning Man festival from its origins in the late 1970s until today

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Re-enactment of the story told by Larry Harvey of the people who covered themselves in mud was played by Arthur Guibert who edited the film, and his girlfriend. He wasn't all that pleased about doing that scene, and actually insisted in the first place that the director plays the part. See more »

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the best of the bunch
12 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Easily the best Burning Man doc I've seen, and I've seen a few.

Intellectually provocative, this is not just another compilation of eye-candy shots from the desert.

Instead, the film explores the evolution of the event and the creative processes that the Burning Man organization encourages, while asking pertinent questions about the road ahead.

And the film is also quite beautiful.

All the major players are represented -- Larry Harvey, John Law, Michael Mikel, with lots of commentary from the nay-sayers, too.

It is by no means a gee-whiz look at the arts festival in Black Rock City.


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