Confessions of a Burning Man (2003)


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This 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

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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.

May 13, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

May 12, 2004 | Full Review…

Fails to convey what brings thousands of people to this place every year. Guess you had to be there.

Apr 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

I emerged charmed by some characters, a bit more informed than before about Burning Man as a whole, but decidedly non-immersed.

Mar 25, 2004 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's more like a routine home video with arty pretensions.

Feb 27, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4

An incoherent documentary about the annual Burning Man arts festival in the northern Nevada desert.

Feb 26, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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