Movie Review for Spark: A Burning Man Story

Spark: A Burning Man Story  Spark

Starring: Larry Harvey, John Law, Michael Mikle

Directed by: Steve Brown and Jessie Deeter

Rated: NR

Run Time: 112 mins

Genre: Documentary/ Biography

Opens August 23rd

By Lisa Minzey of The Reel

Hey Phoenix Film Fans!  Opening this week at Harkins Valley Art Theater is the documentary “Spark: A Burning Man Story”. If you’re not familiar with Burning Man, the filmmakers take viewers on a journey of it’s origins, the people behind the scenes and the followers of this unique festival/ movement.


Started by a small group of artist friends in the San Francisco area in the 1990’s, 21 years later Burning Man has grown into a festival where for one week every year 60,000 plus people gather in the Nevada desert to build a temporary city, based on a gifting economy, creating a social type of utopia for artists, musician and seekers who a free to be whom they want to be. The philosophy behind Burning Man is rather unusual, but works for the thousands that gather each year. To the outside viewer looking in, it looks like a technicolor circus filled with characters one would see in a fairy tale or Tim Burton film, but with a closer look, the passion that drives these people to attend each year is rather curious. Following the journey of 3 artists on the path to the 2012 Burning Man festival, it is an intriguing look to what it takes to create an event of this magnitude.

If you were ever curious about Burning Man or even wanted to attend the event, this film provides a well thought out, fair representation of the event which depending on your personality and interests may even spark an interest in attending future events. Check out “Spark: A Burning Man Story” when it opens at Harkins Valley Art starting Friday August 23, 2013.