Co-Presented with The Los Angeles League of Arts: DUST AND ILLUSIONS, 2009, 80 min. Dir. Olivier Bonin. Born in the underground of San Francisco in the 1980s, the Burning Man festival became the largest counter-cultural event in North America. It is unique in that it is created by the people who come to the event - the participants, not the organizers. In that sense its original ideals have survived for 30 years, despite some erosion by time and pressure from the larger society. This film is a look at the evolution and expansion of the event to a multimillion dollar business, and how politics might have replaced philosophy. Discussion following with director Olivier Bonin and other guests to be announced. Starting at 1:00 PM in the Egyptian Courtyard, a complete afternoon full of activities for all ages, with demonstrations of Burning Man art and performances, bacon gifting, and miniatures and drawings of the art proposed for the 2011 festival.
Added by AmericanCinematheque on March 2, 2011