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 ...
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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
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 »