Confessions of a Burning Man (2003)
Movie InfoThis documentary follows four people on their first visit to the Burning Man Festival, a gathering of over 25,000 people in the desert of Black Rock, Nev., where they erect a makeshift city that becomes an open forum to express art, culture and creativity. Directors Paul Barnett and Unsu Lee capture the spirit and scope of Burning Man in a way that transports viewers to the event to experience it for themselves.
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Critic Reviews for Confessions of a Burning Man
The film's strength is in its ability to bring the experience of Burning Man to its audience, evoking not only the heat, dust and fatigue, but the sheer awe of its enormousness and generosity of spirit.
Reduces a complex social environment to a trifling spectacle of fakery, peopled by faux-hemians who offer up trivial confessions as if they're earth-shattering.
Fails to convey what brings thousands of people to this place every year. Guess you had to be there.
I emerged charmed by some characters, a bit more informed than before about Burning Man as a whole, but decidedly non-immersed.
It's more like a routine home video with arty pretensions.
An incoherent documentary about the annual Burning Man arts festival in the northern Nevada desert.
Everybody gets naked and plays electronic Hacky Sack or something. All attendees are required to keep a video diary of everything they do.
...tries to personalize the event by focusing on three participants, who unfortunately happen to be rather boring.
Consider it your all-access pass to the imaginative desert maelstrom without the nasty sunburn or sand in your hair.
Maybe it does as well as anyone could with this rambunctious but extravagantly self-indulgent festival; unfortunately, that isn't much.
There are interesting characters in this documentary, but unfortunately, it's not the people that are the focus of the film.
It's refreshing to see people who willingly and eagerly forego commerce to use their time making art and seeking spiritual meaning.
Burnett and Lee's graceful, sympathetic documentary focuses on participants who embody Burning Man's ideals without being blind to the opportunists and party animals it inevitably attracts.
All 87 minutes of the film seem like B-roll footage that could be used as an introduction to a cool film about Burning Man, not the film itself.
One supposes and hopes that this celebration in the wilderness isn't as boring as the documentary about it.
While Confession of a Burning Man manages to accurately capture the Burning Man spirit, it falls just short of capturing the entire Burning Man experience.
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