Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|BURNING MAN - BEYOND BLACK ROCK|
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No turning back.
A. Steckel | Washington, DC, USA | 12/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I rented this film on Saturday, September 2, 2006. At the time, I knew little about the event, except that at the very same moment I was sitting on my living room sofa with a bag of microwave popcorn, 35,000 slightly-nutty people were somewhere out in the desert setting fire to all sorts of strange objects, the biggest of which was shaped like you and me. I just thought to myself, "What better a day could there be to get more acquainted with the subject?"
From the moment the credits rolled on this the documentary, there was really no turning back. That very night, I promised myself that I would join in this unique experience the very next chance I got. I've since showed it to a few other friends, and they too have fallen under the spell.
As for the documentary itself, it does an excellent job at showing just what goes into making the event happen. I got a real appreciation for the staggering amount of work involved, and the zealot-like devotion it inspires in both its staff and its participants - the line between which is thin and blurred by definition, as everyone who goes is expected to do something to help create the experience. I found their passion infectious. As they described the impact it had on their lives, how it changed them as people, I was left pondering what kind of fascinating ways might Burning Man one day change me?
Of course, it did not make me feel "just like I was there." On the contrary, it fully convinced me that even the best film on this subject could never replace the experience itself, and that if I wanted to truly know Burning Man, I had to go. Some might count that as a weakness of the film, but not I. The fact that the film starts with the assumption that you could never translate the true experience of Burning Man onto celluloid is the very thing that makes it brilliant, and accurate.
From the mind-boggling diversity of its participants, to the ephemeral beauty and strangeness of its art, Burning Man is not just an effigy, it's a conflagration of IDEAS blazing in the Nevada desert. And after seeing this film, I swear it's one fire into which I fully intend to throw myself!
UPDATE: Aug 2008: At the moment, gearing up for my second year on the playa. Burning Man 2007 was a life-changing experience, and this year looks like it'll be even better. Two years hence, I still give this film credit for introducing me to a whole new world, and teaching me so very much. If you really wanna be a burner, this film is a great place to start your journey.
UPDATE: July 2010: Even after three pilgrimages to Black Rock City (soon to be four), and nine trips to smaller regional burns, the wonder has not ceased, and the magic will not fade. Indeed, the burner community has become a second family to me, and these festivals my second home. I look forward to each and every one with the kind of childish glee that's barely possible to contain. Over the years, I've loaned or screened this film to anyone who's expressed a sincere interest in the subject, and gifted it to several who were serious about going. By now, I've seen about ten other documentaries on Burning Man (all of which I own) - but of them all, this is the only one that I loan, screen, or gift - which is what keeps bringing me back to this page."
All you need to know...
A. Marion | 11/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"best info on subject ever found..history/chronology narration much appreciated. teenage recipient of this gift dvd expressed gratitude for learning abt. "Burning Man" - subject of which he was completely unaware."
Burning Man for Dummies (in a good way)
B. Disch | 12/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just like there is a "For Dummies/for Idiots" book on just about every topic under the sun, the DVD could be subtitled this for those interested in learning more about the Burning Man experience. As a two-time burner who's happily going back to the Playa every chance he gets, this movie is special in that it's great on many levels.
First off, it's an incredible introduction for those who have never heard of or gone to Burning Man. As with all attendees, you realize there are so many people in your life who would enjoy and benefit from at least one trip our to the Playa that you can't help but want to share. Yet all your words, pictures and the website really don't even seem to capture what it is you feel and want to express. The DVD shows that in so many ways. From the personal stories it follow throughout the film to the nuts and bolts of how Black Rock City come into being each year. My best friend and I are using the DVD as a promotional tool for some of our friends who have been on the fence about going for a while.
Which brings me to the second major point of greatness for the film, it's ability to educate and inspire even those who consider themselves veterans of the Playa. Seeing what other people go through to make the event happen can inspire more volunteerism. Hearing the stories of joy, pain and creation is inspiring to making you want to add your own art/theme camp to the city. And then just plain watching the party energizes you to get off your butt and start planning RIGHT NOW (whenever now is) for the next burn. You feel the Playa. You taste the dust.
All in all, Burning Man is a life changing experience that if you're interested enough to check out this DVD, you should attend at least once. I think viewing the DVD will give you that swift kick in the butt to actually do it and arm you with just a bit of knowledge about where it all comes from and what you might expect from your visit to the Playa.
Learning about Burning man
Ken Heinemann | Indiana | 01/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very well done vidoe. It covers the events that happen at Burning Man in the desert. I bought it to see what it is all about. Now that I have seen this DVD I am planning on attending Burning Man in 2007"