Andrew Gersh

Documentary Editor for the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond


Spark_ABMS_PosterDeep in the dusty expanse of the Nevada desert, over 60,000 people from around the world join together in a week-long bacchanalia of art, self-expression and music. The once forsaken landscape is transformed into a temporary Shangri-La that doesn’t end until a towering effigy is set alight and burned to the ground in a ritual frenzy. This is Burning Man, a legendary event that is notoriously hard to explain or document. 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.

This in-depth look at the annual art-happening/rave/desert retreat was filmed at a critical juncture for the venerable event. Facing ever-larger crowds (topping 60,000 people in 2012) and shifting priorities, the organizers struggle to maintain their integrity, both in each other’s eyes and in the public’s, amid a box office crisis that left many of their core supporters and artists without tickets. Given unprecedented access to the backstage discussions and complicated planning of both organizers and participants, the filmmakers create a portrait of an event that, at its best, is a life-changing experience for many. Writes the New York Times: “Since we can’t all attend Burning Man, we can be thankful for “Spark,” which is probably the next best thing.”

SPARK: A Burning Man Story opens August 16th in New York and Los Angeles, followed by theaters nationwide. SPARK will also be available through iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and many on-demand cable systems beginning August 17th. Produced and directed by Steve Brown & Jessie Deeter. Read more at the official website.

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