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Burning Man Film Festival Comes to San Diego

San Diego members of the Burning Man community will have a chance to show off for their city when the San Diego Burning Man Film Festival screens on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. The collection of shorts and feature length films about the annual arts festival in the Nevada desert will show from 5:30 pm to 11 pm, with an after party at Kava Lounge, located at 2812 Kettner Boulevard, from 10 pm on.

The Film Festival will feature four films made by members of the Burning Man community. These films will show the experience of living and playing at Burning Man, the art, the costumes, and the fun. But the festival will also share how Burners take their shared values home with them to help others in need.

Films for the festival will be shown in two separate series:

SERIES A: 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
The festival will open with "One Minute to Burn" (2001) by Paul Andresen & Mo Stoebe, a series of moving snapshots showing the fun and chaos of Black Rock City. This short is by far the most psychedelic film in the festival. "One Minute to Burn" is made of up of several one minute scenes that reflect the diversity of experiences that Burning Man can offer. This will be paired with "Burn on the Bayou" (2008) by Matt Leonard, which tells the story of a group of Burners who leave Burning Man to help repair the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina. As unexpected as the hurricane season of 2005 was for the Gulf Coast, the reaction of members of the Burning Man Community was even more so. This film documents how the values that Burners have developed at the Burning Man event were brought to those in need in the disaster zone.

Intermission between the two series will be between 8:20 pm to 9:20 pm, with Burning Man art on display, performances, as well as a select few craftspeople and information booths from the local San Diego Burning Man community.

SERIES B: 9:20 pm - 11 pm
The third film is "Art of Burning Man" (2002) by Karie Henderson, a short film showcasing the art and artists of the Playa. "Art of Burning Man" is a palette of inspiring images that illustrates the unique canvas that the Burning Man event provides for artists to express themselves. Partnered with this film is our headline feature, and final film, "Voyage in Utopia" (2007) by Laurent Le Gall. Featuring interviews with Burning Man founder Larry Harvey and temple builder David Best, this movie also follows a group of burners as they experience the joys, and even the sorrows of their first Burn. The film follows all of these groups to the Black Rock Desert where they all converge and interact, each being affected by the efforts of the others.

There will be live performances and Burning Man art in the lobby from 8-9 pm.

Ticket prices for series A or B is $15.00. Series C, which includes all four films and a $10.00 discount to the after party at Kava Lounge, is $25.00.

About Burning Man:
“Burning Man is a personal experience, and everyone who attends ends up with their own perception of what the event is.” says festival planner Brady Mahaney. “We want to give people the opportunity to see the event from many different points of view, in order to gain a better understanding of what the event means to others.”

“Burning Man is an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert, in Northern Nevada. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. The event is described by many participants as an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. The event is open from the last Monday in August until Labor Day (the first Monday in September). The event is organized by Black Rock City, LLC. In 2008, 49,599 people participated in Burning Man.” – from Wikipedia

About MoPA:
Since its founding in 1983, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) has been devoted to collecting, conserving and exhibiting the entire spectrum of the photographic medium. The museum’s endeavors consistently address cultural, historical and social issues through its exhibitions and public programs.

There will be an after party at the Kava Lounge following the film festival. The Kava Lounge is located at 2812 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, Ca 92101. The general public is welcome to attend. Directions (Google Maps)

For more information about the San Diego Burning Man Film Festival, or to schedule an interview with Brady Mahaney, please see our website at

Also see: (the official Burning Man Website) (the official Regional Burning Man website) (The San Diego Burning Man Film Festival website)

Location: Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. MoPA is located in Balboa Park in the Casa De Balboa building, east of the main traffic circle and central fountain.

From Interstate 5 and 8 intersection:

* Go southbound on I-5, take the 10th Ave. exit
* Turn left on A St. and
* Turn left again on Park Blvd.
* Take a left onto Space Theater Way and cross the small bridge.
* Park in any of the parking lots along Space Theater Way or on Park Blvd.

At the end of Space Theater Way, you will be directly behind the Museum of Photographic Arts' building. Come around to the front of the building to enter. MoPA's building is between the Prado Restaurant and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and in the same building as the Model Railroad Museum and the San Diego Historical Society.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Burning Man, Credit and photographer J...

Above: Burning Man, Credit and photographer John Curley


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