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Dust & Illusions (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 28 March 2009 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
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 ...
Kevin Evans ...
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


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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$163,000 (estimated)

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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 »

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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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