• Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 18:29:21View | Delete

    Yes! And if you can catch “Spark” on the even bigger screen, do!

    It’s been fun!

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 18:28:37View | Delete

    Me too!

    I look forward to it!

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 18:26:39View | Delete

    I hear that!

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 18:26:02View | Delete

    When I met Steve, I’d just begun my own film about Tunisia after the revolution. I’d been a Fulbright Scholar living in Oman, Morocco and Tunisia when the Arab Spring happened, and, as I former Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, that was a really big deal to me.

    So I’ve managed to keep the film going while doing this–just barely! and we just did a successful Kickstarter to raise the $ to keep filming. Next step is getting the $ to finish the edit and make a film. It’s a v. different film from this and I’m excited to get back to it, given all that is happening in Tunisia rt now. My partner has been there filming these past 2 weeks and I can’t wait to see what she has for me.

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 18:23:32View | Delete

    I liked the real sense of community and sharing most abt BM. That and the magic of trusting my crew to do what I needed them to do, of giving them personal time off, and having not a single one let me down. In that environment, bless them all.

    That and the big art. Holy shit!!! It is truly magnificent to witness some of the projects out there, and the scale.

    I liked least the self-entitled people who shall remain unnamed, who think they “get it” but don’t really seem to, those who are the most faddish and cultish and booooring. Oh yes, they exist. We used to call them “posers.” But that’s not a terrible pblm in a city of now pushing 70K, and the good def. outweighs the bad.

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 18:20:23View | Delete

    I’m older and meaner now. Just kidding. I think that the BM Org has been disappointed that I don’t have a grt transformation story to share, but I think that’s bc I did my “coming of age” in the Peace Corps in Morocco. That, and, by the time I got to BM I had to have seen more footage, read more, and interviewed more people abt their own BM transformations that, to a certain extent, my own wld have been a cliche that I just cldn’t do.

    That said, my husband and friends tease me bc my clothing has def. become more colorful, and I def. have new friends w/in the burner community and it is important to me to expose my kids to certain big art concepts, so maybe I’ve changed in ways I’m just starting to acknowledge. But once a journalist always a journalist, and I can relate to Larry saying, “I’m not really much of a joiner.”

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 18:16:25View | Delete

    Again, we felt that you cldn’t understand/ care abt what BM is today w/out the context of where it came from. I spent a wonderful night alone w/Michael Mikel, who brought box after box down from this old attic in the little museum in which he lives…and I just listened while he told me stories of those days–stories that were supplemented, of course, by John Law.

    Michael let me take away many, many photos and videos w/the understanding that I would return them all. And I did.

    But it was v important to us to get Cacophony in our film.

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 18:10:12View | Delete

    As Kit said, egionals have been around for over a decade now–growing steadily–so that wasn’t a direct response to the ticket crisis. Though it certainly helped make regionals more popular, I believe.

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 18:08:49View | Delete

    You know, the transition to the non-profit is a tricky thing. We did some initial work around it but it was not going to make a compelling film–a bunch of mtgs abt language, etc. I think that the BM Org means to make the transition, which no one is forcing them to do, but I also think that it’s always tough to let go of your babies.

    It will be interesting to watch, for sure!

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 18:07:08View | Delete

    As the leader of the business of this film, Steve’s been out w/it more than I, but I’ve been able to attend a fair number of screenings. Audience reaction has been pretty unanimously great.

    I think that the hardest thing for some people to accept abt this film is the fact that it’s abt Burning Man. Though there are def. those for whom it’s a draw, it will be interesting to see to what extent the film critics will be able to do that. I had one film festival programmer tell me, before watching any of the film, “I HATE films abt Burning Man!” So, there is that to get around…I think the key is getting people in the door. Once they are in seats they seem to be very happy.

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 18:02:35View | Delete

    I think that what BM is trying to do shld maybe be interpreted as “cultural” rather than “political.” One of the interesting things abt BM is that it doesn’t just attract hippies (any more? :-)), but a socio-economic (if not ethnic) rainbow.

    One of the things I like most abt BM is that although some burners can be boringly pedantic abt the 10 principles, the Org itself isn’t dogmatic abt What you shld do or believe–Larry says that BM is a vessel that You bring the culture to fill. I like that concept a lot.

    What is interesting and cld be seen as political, I suppose, is that the BM Org is moving into the “default world” in many ways–not just regionals, and having v interesting partners, like Zappos, w/whom they are working to make downtown Reno more “burnnerlike” w/more big art, more collaboration, etc. The concept is one worth watching.

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 17:56:32View | Delete

    Thank you!! That DOES make me happy!

    We didn’t “work w/” Rev Billy as much as let him do his thing. I.e. we weren’t directing him in any way–it was just a happy coincidence that he was already going to marry Will and Crimson and that he had his choir at BWS. We were tempted to use even more of him but a little Rev goes a long way.

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 17:54:54View | Delete

    I really, really worked hard to get an incredible scene of Marian Goodell at home w/her roomie, Camera Girl (also in the movie), bc I thought it showed the BM culture so well–and in doc film you really want to “show not tell” things…but every time we put it in the movie the fwd momentum of our story slowed, so we had to kill it. And then, the ultimate awfulness, it didn’t really work as a stand-alone DVD extra, either!!

    That was the hardest one for me to let go.

    Well, there was actually a fun Marian and Larry in London scene I would have v much liked to cram into the film as well, but it didn’t fit at all.

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 17:52:21View | Delete

    8/17.

    Go to sparkpictures.com or our FB page. It’s also available for pre-sale, for the thusly inclined. But this film is uniquely meant to be seen on the big screen–it was the one “old school” thing we did. From our sound design to the visuals, we meant this to be an experience, rather than a flat viewing.

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 17:48:19View | Delete

    We premiered at SXSW but then have had the shortest festival run on record bc Steve wanted to move into theatrical release rt away. We are now finished w/festivals and are rolling into theaters, VOD, then DVDs.

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 17:47:24View | Delete

    We wanted to find artists who represented v different perspectives as well as sorts of art projects– from the “biggest, baddest,” to the intimate, to the theme camp…we followed at least a dozen to begin with, and then it became pretty clear who wld be our final three–though it was terrible to let go of most of the others. Really awful. Some we’d followed through for the entire year, and they just didn’t fit into our movie.

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 17:43:33View | Delete

    I watched if not all, then most other BM films. Steve and I wanted this film to be bigger than BM–we wanted a more universal story, which we hope we have achieved. That said, we knew we could also distinguish this film by making the visuals incredible, and incredibly immersive, and we went to great lengths to do an incredible job of producing every element of this film, from sound to Stedicam to the amazing stock footage of 1996 that we didn’t stop searching for until we found Chuck Cirino, the one guy who had what we wanted–and wld let us use it.

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 17:40:48View | Delete

    Missy was 100% Steve. He guided her to work very much w/the ftg.

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 17:39:03View | Delete

    If the playa isn’t flooded next week we intend to take our 3 small children, ages 7 and 5.5. I want them to experience the building part of BM, and to get exposed to the idea that there are other ways for adults to be.

    I think that there is already another movie or two abt regionals, but I’d be happy to be involved in something if the opportunity struck. All joking aside, the BM Org is focusing much of their energy on regionals and moving BM out into the world–the Playa is something of a gateway experience, but it’s def not the only one.

  • Jessie Deeter commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Spark: A Burning Man Story

    2013-08-12 17:37:04View | Delete

    DVD extras-yes! I will give away my favorite scene that we really tried to cram into the movie but never quite made it–Larry Harvey at home having a meeting abt the theme of this yr’s BM. 100% fun. No book, sadly, but the DVD extras are great.

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