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June 23, 2014

Burning Man Documentary

First, there's Event Horizon, an hour-long documentary that focuses on Reno and Burning Man's effect on it. It was released in June 2012. Reno has more Burners per capita than any other city, we learn. It was produced by Nathan Aaron Heller (who has some official connection to the Burning Man org in some part of his life) and Sunny Minedew, who has experience as a videographer. I haven't watched the whole thing yet, which doesn't mean I can't have an opinion. We're talking about Burning Man, after all, and at Burning Man you never get to see all of anything. It's a talking head documentary that moves at an easy pedestrian pace; a style that is perfectly at home on PBS (or NPR). It's a lot of official Burning Man message as shared by Burning Man officials. None of those officials have ever come to hang out at our camp and the only time I've ever seen them is when I've attended some sort of official forum at Center Camp to discuss an issue related to life on the playa. I have never seen Larry Harvey, but I've never gone looking for him either. This documentary will probably give the viewer a decent intellectual understanding of Burning Man, but it's not about what it's like to wake up with your face covered in playa dust.

Duck Vehicle (1051)
And I learned that this well known art car is built on an amphibious vehicle that was military surplus from the Vietnam war
. The owner bought it in Florida, shipped it to Burbank and then created this.

Filed under Burning Man | permalink | June 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

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