Burning Man Festival
40 minutes / Ages 17+ / 1997 / United States of America / Average:
Documentary on America's largest counter cultural event.
This film is the first of two documentaries by Joe Winston on the Burning Man Festival, America's largest countercultural event.
“In style and substance, a terrific piece of work! Try to imagine a combination of ‘Apocalypse Now,’ ‘Woodstock’ and ‘The Road Warrior.’" - Chicago Tribune, August 1996.
For over ten years, this unique gathering has been held in a barren spot of the Nevada Desert. Attracting over 30,000 participants, the burning of the Man culminates a five-day carnival of artistic creativity and deviance from societal norms.
Celebrants dress in costumes, strut naked, dance in the nude, create religions, race in rocket-powered cars, shoot automatic weapons, or do whatever it is they don't get enough of at home. The festival founder refers to this semi-structured anarchy as "a laboratory for reinventing civilization." Experience it on video – it’s cooler and less dusty than actually going out to the desert.
CastThatcher: Larry Harvey
Dawn: John Law
Gabe: Dan Miller
Chun-hee: Paul Pomerleau
Wol-ryeong: Jengis Alpar
Daughter: Anton Kast