Inside new documentary BURNING MAN: ART ON FIRE
Brand new documentary BURNING MAN: ART ON FIRE is to be released on the 22nd August on worldwide TVOD platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Prime, GooglePlay and Vimeo on Demand.
An inspirational insight into the spectacular art at the center of this annual celebration, BURNING MAN: ART ON
FIRE follows the unpredictable journey of the artists who defy reason to bring their massive installations and
sculptures to the punishing Nevada desert. Filmed just after Burning Man’s legendary founder suddenly died, the
community of artists is challenged by impossible timing and blinding dust storms. This richly cinematic, multicharacter narrative unfolds over months as they imagine, build and ultimately burn the extraordinary main
structures in this temporary city of dreams…a poignant and uplifting feel-good movie!
The Burning Man event pops up in the barren Black Rock Desert, Nevada, for one week each August. 75,000
‘Burners’ – young and old, hippie and techie, ascetic and luxuriant – all converge on seven square miles of arid
landscape to create the craziest, wildest, most avant-garde celebration of radical self-expression on the
planet. They express their creativity in the form of costumes, theme camps, art cars, and the largest array of largescale participatory art in the world.
There’s no money, electricity, or running water; there are no trash cans or permanent structures. Participants
bring everything they need to sleep, eat, survive, and celebrate in extreme desert conditions. They also bring
costumes, gifts, music, and experiences to delight their fellow Burners – the ‘program’ is entirely comprised of
creative activities provided by participants themselves. As this film will reveal, Burning Man has also become an
international destination for big art, big ideas, and big experiences. There are over 400 pieces of largescale sculpture to discover and appreciate. For one week a year Burning Man is the largest art gallery in the
world. Then it’s all packed up, leaving not a trace.
Since the inception of Burning Man in 1986, more and more makers and artists, both professional and aspiring,
have brought their most creative pieces to Black Rock City. They express their wildest ideas in the form of giant
sculptures: great wooden towers, monumental human forms, computer-controlled light and sound installations,
and many pieces that use fire as a medium. Anyone can bring art, so long as it is interactive in some way. Art is
often built by collectives, or teams of volunteers who participate in crafting, installing, and funding. There is no
curatorial judgement, no gallery or museum sponsorship, and nothing is for sale. The installations must be able
to withstand brutal environmental conditions, up to 80mph winds, and extreme heat and cold temperatures.
Some are deliberately burned as a final expression of the artists’ purpose.
Directed by BAFTA and Grierson award-winning arts film director, Gerald Fox, Burning Man: Art on Fire is a 90
minute feature-length documentary following the high-risk, unpredictable journeys of the major artists of the
Burning Man as they build and deliver their monumental works in the wake of the passing of the inspirational
founder, Larry Harvey. The main characters are London-based, French architect and visionary, Arthur MamouMani, San Francisco-based Scottish Man-Base artist, Andrew Johnstone and longstanding American “Burner”
artists, Kate Raudenbush, Dana Albany, Peter Hazel and Flash Hopkins. Shot in an intimate, handheld, flyon-the-wall fashion, the narrative unfolds through the artists’ eyes and voices. They battle and eventually
overcome insufficient resources, a hostile dusty environment, insane time pressures and sheer exhaustion. The
film follows the extreme highs and lows of their journeys on the “playa” every step of the way until the fiery
end, interweaving these different narratives in a free-flowing portrait of the energy, creativity and dynamism
that goes into this annual celebration of art.