Dust and Illusions
Directed by Olivier Bonin
Once a year, on a vast Nevada lake bed surrounded by mountains, the Burning Man festival brings together tens of thousands of people who are attracted by the festival’s promise of seven days of “decommodification,” “community,” “artwork,” and “revelry.” But increasingly, many question whether Burning Man’s mainstream appeal threatens—or even upends—the festival’s utopian vision. Through a series of in-depth interviews of the festival’s founders, organizers, and participants, DUST AND ILLUSIONS traces the festival’s history, while examining whether the festival is a victim of its own success.
Moderator: Svetlana Cvetko
Director and Cinematographer Svetlana Cvetko recently wrapped production as the director of photography of a narrative feature film starring Adam Goldberg. Other notable credits include director of “No War” (Winner Grand Prix du Public in Films de Femmes 2001) and, as director of photography, “Birju” (Sundance 2002, Berlin 2002, nominated for Student Oscar); “Raw” (Sundance 2005), and “Dorme” (Tribeca 2007).