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
So there I am, at the Idaho International Film Festival. My movie is screening and I am stoked. I look through the program to see if I would like to watch any flicks over the weekend.... nope, not really. Then "Dust and Illusions" pops up and I become interested because it seems to be about the exact things that make me not want to attend Burning Man-- religious nuts and cum guzzling hippis.... easily the most effective film I have seen in years and the only good movie of the entire IIFF (beside my own--and that I saw).
It surpassed my anticipation of being a documentary about "Burning Man" and reached out to me on a deeply personal level, referring to the evolution of religion and money grubbing doctrine. Coming from a staunch Southern Baptist upbringing... this was inspiring.
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