While festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, All Tomorrow’s Parties and more have come to represent some the bigger and more popular gatherings of the moment, Burning Man has been doing it longer than all of them. The annual week-long event takes place in the Black Rock Desert, and doesn’t just focus on music, but a variety of artistic disciplines, with like-minded souls traveling from around the world to gather and celebrate in a community unlike any other. And now, a documentary is offering a peek at the work it takes to make it happen each year.
Directed by Steve Brown and Jessie Deeter, “Spark: A Burning Man Story” spends time with both the organizers and participants to help create a portrait of the individuals that make the festival happen. And in this exclusive clip, we see the tremendous work that takes place just to get the grounds set up, with crews battling nearly impossible and unworkable elements to prepare the site for influx of up to 60,000 people. It’s a fascinating snapshot at the labor required to make this all happen.
“Spark: A Burning Man Story” opens in limited release on August 16th and will be available on VOD starting August 17th.