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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 »


Olivier Bonin



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

28 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA See more »


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$163,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sequence where the person who brought the gong instrument to Baker Beach is being questioned by the police is real, and was recorded that night. Michael Hopkins and Larry Harvey were both hiding behind the crowd for a while, but then decided to go talk to the police directly. See more »

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If you ever dropped a dime on Burning Man, this is the 1st real accounting, you gotta see it.
5 May 2009 | by kevin mathieuSee all my reviews

This is a must see film for anyone into Burning Man and art subculture.

If you ever have gone to Burning Man or ever heard anything about it, this tells the full story of its origin, its founders (known and unknown), and has amazing footage, interviews, and images. Really well done that ties all the elements together in a tight seamless weave.

Having been close to the event for 14 years and knowing nearly all the interviewee's as well as so many back stories that never can or will be told I was completely stunned by this documentary.

I think it hangs those that deserves hanging ( by their own words and deeds mind you) and gives credit and props to those that really make the event, what was (and sometimes still is ) a unique life changing event.

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