Film & TV

Burning Man and the Meaning of Life Director Asked the Big Questions; Delray Beach Film Premiere on December 1


















Burning Man is... Well, even the official website for Burning Man says that it's "like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind." Basically, it's a monthlong communal-living experiment that takes place every summer from the last Monday in August to the first Monday in September in the Black Rock desert of northern Nevada.

The entire community exists as a combination of a gifting economy and basic self reliance, nothing is bought or sold. Bring what you need and some to share. There are no rules governing one's behavior or dress. It is life at the other end of the spectrum. Almost 50,000 people come together and build a temporary city in the desert, and then they burn it all down and leave the desert even cleaner than when they found it.

And this is the place where young but already noteworthy documentary filmmaker Julie Pifher decided to ask "the Question" for her new documentary, Burning Man and the Meaning of Life, making its world theatrical premier December 1 at Movies of Delray.

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