Deep in the dusty expanse of the Nevada desert, over 60,000 people from around the world join together in a weeklong bacchanalia of art, self-expression and music. The once forsaken landscape is transformed into a temporary Shangri-La that doesn’t end until a towering effigy is set alight and burned to the ground in a ritual frenzy. This is Burning Man. Originally imagined as an experiment in creating a utopia where the restrictions of modern life - the nine-to-five rat race, laws and confining societal norms - vanish, the event’s popularity and scope has now exceeded even the creators’ wildest dreams. Spark: A Burning Man Story brings audiences behind-the-scenes of the legendary celebration, shining a light on the triumphs and challenges of the artists fighting harsh realities to keep their ideals of unbridled freedom and community alive.
- Steve Brown, Jessie Deeter
- Run Time
- 1 hour 30 minutes
More time spent on the ground, and with the attendees, would have been ideal, especially since this may be as close as many viewers get to joining in.Geoffrey Berkshire, Variety, 08.16.2013
As an official history, Spark shines adequate light; I just wish it had spent a little more time on the shadows.Pete Vonder Haar, Village Voice, 08.13.2013
Since we can't all attend Burning Man, we can be thankful for "Spark," which is probably the next best thing.Andy Webster, New York Times, 08.15.2013