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Dust & Illusions – The Burning Man Documentary

Oliver Bonin’s documentary “Dust & Illusions,” detailing the history of the Burning Man Festival, is currently touring all over North America and even headed as far as Amsterdam – and as nearby as our own back yard! That’s right, the Philadelphia Film Society is bringing “Dust & Illusions” to World Cafe Live on February 3rd at 7:30 as part of their filmadelphiaDOCUMENTARY film series.

Better yet, all First Person Arts members will get the same discounted price of admission as PFS members! Regularly priced tickets are $12 with members’ pricing at $6.49. Purchase tickets to the event here. (Just be sure to either bring your dated membership Thank You letter, or contact Eva Harris in our office to request a membership card.) What’s that you say – it sounds like a great deal but you’re not yet an FPA member? Click here friend, and let us resolve that for you straight away.

Bonin takes a unique approach to documentary film making. Part objective and detached interviewer but also part participant in his own process, he felt that the best way to unobtrusively film the open air desert art festival was to participate as a sculpture artist in the festival and film from that perspective. It was only after this initial leg of his journey that he followed up with organizers, artists and attendees of the festival and gained insight into both the logistical work and the politics that take place behind the scenes. From conception and research to final cut, this was a four year journey for him and his crew.

We hope you’ll join us for this special screening. From spectacular arts footage to examining how the festival’s growing mainstream appeal may threaten its utopian visions, this documentary is a perfect fit for all lovers of art and art communities. But don’t take my word for it; check out the trailer above, and I’ll see you at World Cafe Live!

– J. Rudy Flesher

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