Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013)



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The stunning and provocative new documentary SPARK: A Burning Man Story provides an inside look at the Burning Man organization and the challenges it is facing as it grows in global recognition and popularity. (c) Spark
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Critic Reviews for Spark: A Burning Man Story

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

Perhaps most surprising, even the festival footage is ho-hum. We feel a distance, instead of being flies on the wall. (Or should we say, on the desert floor?)

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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As a spectacle and as an idea, Burning Man is strange and beautiful.

Full Review… | August 22, 2013
Arizona Republic
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Has some lively moments but falls short of expectations.

Full Review… | August 22, 2013
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
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Since we can't all attend Burning Man, we can be thankful for "Spark," which is probably the next best thing.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
New York Times
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As an official history, Spark shines adequate light; I just wish it had spent a little more time on the shadows.

Full Review… | August 13, 2013
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Spark: A Burning Man Story

If you've ever been curious about who are the people behind the organization of the Burning Man event, this is the documentary to see. The film covers both the event and the histories of the people behind the organization of the 2013 incarnation of the event. The film touches on how the event has changed over the years and how its growing popularity is pushing up against its founding philosophy of a sharing and artistic happening to potentially becoming another festival event with celebrities, elites, and catering. The most amusing point of this film is to watch the moral and mental struggling of a group of extremely liberal, socialist, and authentically artistic hippies having to adopt rules, capitalist principals and become "the man" in order to keep the event going and in line. A necessary evil that you can see they truly hate and yet have to implement if anything is to get done. And yet once their feet hit the dusty ground of the playa, they still manage to keep their ways set while this latest Burning Man event is going on despite the catered commercialism that's beginning to seep in and pushing against the gates with controversial ticket lotteries.

Tom Mitchell
Tom Mitchell

i have been to Burning Man several times and the way that Brown & Deeter tell the story of this amazing festival captured not only my interest, but my heart. I felt taken back in time to the amazing memories, friends, and extraordinary achievements that the people of this festival manifest and create. Cheers to you for doing such a great job!

G Wolf
G Wolf

The cinematography is really amazing in this documentary. Seeing the camps that are set-up across the desert, from the sky, as you are slowly taken over the entire Burning Man world makes this movie worth it on it's own. That being said, some of the back story on the Burning Man and the politics that you are presented with as the founders try to figure out how to deal with the event's massive growth, is drama that is compelling and interesting for the viewers.

Jim Larrison
Jim Larrison

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