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Spark: A Burning Man Story

Directors Jessie Deeter and Steve Brown scheduled to attend | May 25 & May 27; Editor Andrew Gersh scheduled to attend | June 9

USA | 2013 | 94 minutes | Jessie Deeter, Steve Brown

Burning Man attracts 60,000 participants to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert every August. Go behind the curtain as participants and organizers struggle to balance their guiding principles with the event’s ever-growing popularity in this entertaining exposé.

May 25, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
9:00 PM Date has passed
May 27, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
2:00 PM Date has passed
June 9, 2013
xHarvard Exit  
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Learn about the annual Burning Man experience through the actions and work of staff, attendees, and the founder himself, Larry Harvey. The primal experience is able to successfully exist through ten founding principles: radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation, and immediacy. Each of these principles becomes part of the ethos at the Black Rock Desert, where Burning Man takes place. By witnessing the community's origins and history, the importance that Burning Man has for love, art, and creation becomes organic and explains why the experience has lasted so long. With over 60,000 visiting Burners, the temporary city develops into an ever-growing permanent community that has expanded around the globe. As Spark shows, it is through the founding principles that these communities can flourish as self-reliantly and self-expressing as it was originally intended. Witness the year-round efforts that bring the prodigious art and vast community alive to spark each other's imagination.

Director Biography
Steve Brown graduated with honors from Stanford University and is now an entrepreneur and advisor to innovative media and tech ventures that empower people to pursue their passion. Brown is cofounder and chairman of Catch.com, a mobile applications company focused on creative collaboration. Jessie Deeter is a seasoned documentary producer, director and journalist who recently produced Revenge of the Electric Car, which debuted at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Deeter has a Masters from UC Berkeley’s journalism program and spent nine months in Oman, Morocco and Tunisia as a Fulbright Scholar.

Sponsored in part by Seattle Weekly

Director: Jessie Deeter, Steve Brown
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 94 minutes
Producer: Steve Brown, Jessie Deeter
Cinematographers: John Behrens
Editors: Andrew Gersh
Music: Joachim Cooder
Website: http://www.sparkpictures.com
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: DCP
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