Spark: A Burning Man Story

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USA | 2013 | 90 minutes | Jessie Deeter, Steve Brown

September 13 - 15, 2013

Burning Man attracts 60,000 participants to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert every August. Experience the passion behind the art as participants and organizers struggle to balance their guiding principles with the event’s ever-growing popularity.

Each year the dusty, windswept Nevada desert becomes a temporary city, were a mass of people collaborate 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. But sometimes the realities of the “default world” collide with the ideals of freedom and inclusion. Experience first hand the creation of this revolutionary annual event through the words and deeds of staff, attendees, and the founder himself, Larry Harvey.

"The portraits here offer West Coast idealism and conviction coupled with an extravagant aesthetic vision. Since we can't all attend Burning Man, we can be thankful for Spark, which is probably the next best thing." - The New York Times