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Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013)

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Each year, 60,000 people from around the globe gather in a dusty windswept Nevada desert to build a temporary city, collaborating on large-scale art and partying for a week before burning a... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harley K. Dubois Harley K. Dubois ... Herself
Marian Goodell Marian Goodell ... Herself
Larry Harvey ... Himself
John Law John Law ... Himself
Michael Mikel Michael Mikel ... Himself
Will Roger Will Roger ... Himself
Crimson Rose Crimson Rose ... Herself
Katy Boynton Katy Boynton ... Herself
Marco Cochrane Marco Cochrane ... Himself
Jon La Grace Jon La Grace ... Himself
Otto Von Danger Otto Von Danger ... Himself
Peter Antoniak Peter Antoniak ... Himself
Akhiles Boehmer Akhiles Boehmer ... Himself
Ephtali Boke Ephtali Boke ... Herself
Will Chase Will Chase ... Himself


Each year, 60,000 people from around the globe gather in a dusty windswept Nevada desert to build a temporary city, collaborating on large-scale art and partying for a week before burning a giant effigy in a ritual frenzy. Rooted in principles of self-expression, self-reliance and community effort, Burning Man has grown famous for stirring ordinary people to shed their nine-to-five existence and act on their dreams. Spark takes us behind the curtain with Burning Man organizers and participants, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and growth. When ideals of a new world based on freedom and inclusion collide with realities of the "default world," we wonder which dreams can survive. Written by Anonymous

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16 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA


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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,366, 18 August 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$120,059, 22 September 2013
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Larry Harvey: Community is a pain in the ass, because you have to deal with all kinds of drama, y'know. And as you get older, you're kind of less patient with drama. But really, the reason for me to keep doing this, is a very sound one; I know myself. And if I detest and quit this thing... it would kill me. My life would not have meaning. I wouldn't be forced out of myself. I wouldn't be in contact with people. I would... I'd be just this wretch. I'd be this lonely guy. This is the best thing that ever ...
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554th Review: Effective history lesson that captures almost nothing of the wonderful insanity
30 October 2013 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Burning Man is about freedom, lack of boundaries, openness, that spirit of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s that had more to do with the Dead Kennedy's and Seattle than LA Law and Washington DC. It's truly about art as art not commerce.

Can the unfettered human spirit be captured on film? It would take an extraordinary documentary to even come close: it needs Fellini or Russell as director - what we get is the PBS version - it's not only highly sanitized, as in just too sanitized, it's clearly unclear about who its selling too - it is seriously tepid and works as an historical record but little else - we got a good sense that putting portaloos up in the desert is hard - but little else.

Really its fault lies in picking story lines - if ever there was a great film to be made just by pointing the camera and letting go its this one - seeing the office workings, the planning committee, and then, frankly censored, rather than edited, moments is not what should be up there.

Spark is good publicity for Burning Man by letting you know its there, but this like Taking Woodstock totally misses what freedom is about and chooses instead to box in, and entrap, and just about diminishes the spirit.

There is a great film waiting to be made - and it should be way more unviewable. shockingly joyful, and just plain good old-fashioned anarchic than this - talking heads and modesty doth not a Burning Man make.

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