BURNING MAN - BEYOND BLACK ROCK
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
The film fails in two specific ways. First, the interviews focus almost exclusively on five or six of the main organizers and a couple of the artist-contributors. None of these people actually have that much to say that could not have been finished in two or three minutes. These probably-wonderful people are transformed by this movie into mere talking heads who spend an awful awful AWFUL lot of time laughing at their own jokes as they rave about their "passion" for Burning Man.
Virtually every scene in the first half hour fails to hint at any story, fails to incite the viewer to wonder, "and then what happened?" And where are the paying attendees, who need to be asked Why did you come, What are you doing at this moment, and How has Burning Man has affected your life? Precious little film is focused at any length on their actual faces and bodies, or their individual artistic creations. So it's hard to identify with those who attend.Read more ›
Watching David Best build that temple was a visual treat to behold. Would have liked to have seen more stunning works of art on display -- the ones that I have intimate memory of from 2003 - on. The Belgian Waffle, etc., but the movie was made prior to my visits.
Thanks for being such a driver of hope, love, art, connection, and transformation, Burning Man. And a testament to the power of ritual and shared experiences.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
nice look at the backend of the event.. too long.. but interesting for the most partPublished 19 days ago by dz
Not the best not the worst, shows you a bit about the early days... I found the persons complaint about tecno on Playa interesting, because the EDM camps are much larger now...Published 1 month ago by roissy
This walks you thru what it takes to put on this very unique event each yearPublished 10 months ago by D Kersey
Entertaining documentary with the story told through the ones who the story is about.Published 19 months ago by J. D. Runyan
Insightful Journey Into The Heart And Soul Of Burning Man And Into Yourself.Published 20 months ago by Bill F.