The first London festival of films about BurningMan
took place in Brixton in May 2004.
This film festival chronicled the evolution of Burning Man, from the very first burn on Baker Beach in SanFrancisco
, to the events arrival in the desert, to the time when people were allowed to carry loaded firearms. The films were made by Burner
s about their experiences as well as professional producers.
BM @ Black Rock
- Larry Harvey
The Man arrives in the desert, produced by the founder of the Burning Man Festival, this film offers a rare insight into the early days of the Festival's relationship with the Black Rock Desert. After 5 years on San Francisco's Baker Beach, Burning Man had grown too large and needed a new space. BM @ Black Rock shows this first excursion to Nevada and chronicles the evolution of some of the core concepts that shaped the event.
Beyond Black Rock
- Mike Wilson & Damon Brown
Shot over a period of 18 months, the film documents the journey of the Burning Man organizers and artists as they conceive, plan and create a city unlike any in the world.
This was a test screening of Beyond Black Rock and was introduced by the producers.
- Bill Breithaupt
Described as "a cross between Koyaanisqatsi and an extreme sports video", Aqua Burn explores the Floating World, the theme of Burning Man 2002, capturing the spirituality, creativity, energy and fun of the event. Showcasing the imagination, effort and time that participants injected into the art projects, camps and activities, Bill Breithaupt's fourth BM film shows how these projects engage the other participants and help to make Burning Man the ultimate interactive community. Enlightening interviews with participating Burners, from first timers to veterans, complete the picture.
Introduced in person by Bill Breithaupt at the Ritzy.
- Renea Roberts
Gifting It is a meditative piece that explores one aspect of the Burning Man festival that truly makes it different. Giving provides the foundation for a host of social elements to recreate themselves beyond the boundaries set in a world increasingly turning commodified. Here, things are different. You can make your own unique mould and be different too. And if you decide you'd like to take it with you, well - there's no charge. It's all about gifting...
- Aprile Blake & Dearhbla Glynn
Once a year, far out on a vacant expanse of the Nevada Desert, a most surreal city is constructed in the scorching heat. Dust Devils is a stylish and emotive documentary at the heart of the Burning Man experience. Spectacular images, magical music and candid interviews capture the impact of this unique social gathering on Irish and American participants.
Aprile and Dearbhla were present to introduce the film.
Sensation: A Journey to Burning Man
- Laurent Le Gall
What started out as a five minute report for French television expanded into a full length documentary on Burning Man by first time attendee Laurent Le Gall. Roughly 20% of the 300 media outlets attending the event are international, coming from Europe, Canada and Asia. Le Gall's piece is a good example of how Burning Man is being portrayed overseas, covering the journalist's own adventures and interactions with participants.
Screening included an introduction from Laurent Le Gall.
Art of Burning Man
- Karie Henderson
A trailer for a special feature about artists at Burning Man. The heat makes it impossible to work, tools get too hot, everything dries up and it's meant to be fun... Find out what it takes to create art at the Burning Man Festival.
Burning Man 1994
- Chuck Cirino
One of the first full-length documentaries of the event, Cirino captures Burning Man when the population was 2,000, you could still get a lift across the city by a truck towing a toilet, and the Drive By Shooting Range was, for some, the highlight of the event.
Fall and Rise of the Fools' Ark
- Dadara and Jesse Limmen
- Music by Lamb
"Far away in the Unknown Territories still not discovered by the Evil Eye of the Kingdom of Greed, a few men are building an Ark to save the few fools left on earth from corporate evil..."
Yellow Submarine meets Monty Python in this part-animated story of the Greymen and their battle against the Fools' Ark. Footage from the building of the Fools' Ark art installation at Burning Man 2003 is intertwined into an audio-visual journey through forgotten worlds to tell the tale behind the project. The result is a magical meeting of reality and fantasy that departs from the documentary format common in many films about Burning Man, and gives an insight into the depth of imagination that lies behind many Burning Man installations.
One Minute to Burn
- Paul Andresen and Mo Stoebe
This is where conceptual cinematography meets Burning Man and highlights many of the short memorable idiosynchratic aspects of life in the desert. Paul and Mo compiled 51 short videos, each capturing an example of the random creativity and spontaneity that makes Burning Man so vibrant. The collection makes an amusing and intriguing overall picture.
Black Rock Burning
- Kim Barr / Aleece Germano
Art cars prowl the desert in the guise of fire breathing dragons, glittering fish, and Spanish galleons. "Burners" create theme camps that range from recreations of the Thunderdome to hillbilly porches; and massive and ephemeral sculptures created solely for the weeklong event rise unexpectedly from the desert sand. BRB also captures the creative chaos of Black Rock City, and the intensely personal and collective nature of the Burning Man experience for all who participate.
The production of Black Rock Burning was in itself an act of radical self-reliance and communal effort. Germano raised funds for the production of BRB by organizing loft parties, and the film was produced with a small and dedicated Canadian crew.
Other films about Burning Man
A list of other films that exist about Burning Man, please feel free to add to this list.