SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY is an engaging behind-the-scenes documentary about the dreams and challenges of Burning Man and its unique culture of participatory art. Each year, 60,000 people from around the globe gather in a dusty windswept Nevada desert to build a temporary city, collaborating on large-scale art and partying for a week before burning a giant effigy in a ritual frenzy. Rooted in principles of self-expression, self-reliance and community effort, Burning Man has grown famous for stirring ordinary people to shed their nine-to-five existence and act on their dreams. SPARK takes us behind the curtain with Burning Man organizers and participants, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and growth. When ideals of a new world based on freedom and inclusion collide with realities of the “default world,” we wonder which dreams can survive.
“An oasis of creativity blooms in Spark. Since we can’t all attend Burning Man, we can be thankful for Spark, which is probably the next best thing!” — Andy Webster, The New York Times
“Some of the most luscious Burning Man images I’ve ever seen. SPARK will have you aching to return!” — Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekly
“Compelling! Fascinating artistic imagery.” — Kerry Lengel, The Arizona Republic
“I was completely inspired by the movie, with a deep longing to be as creative as the people who create art for Burning Man.” — Hilary Armstrong, The Huffington Post
“The film is gorgeous: a virtual carnival of images that reflect the spectacle that is Burning Man.” — Marcia Franklin, Boise Weekly
“Provides a fascinating look into the inner circle of the event’s organizers. A worthy exploration of a unique phenomenon.” — Marc Mohan, The Oregonian