PHOTO: Aaron Logan
“Development” is the beginning stage of the project, in which ideas are fleshed out, logistics are discussed, tentative scheduling and budgeting is worked out, and potential interview subjects are contacted.
The annual Burning Man event draws upwards of 65,000 participants to the Nevada desert each Labor Day. Due to its cultural leanings – and perhaps the rising costs associated with attending, which can easily run into the thousands – the event is disproportionately affluent and white, when compared to society at large. According to Burning Man census results, the “ethnoracial” breakdown is 84% white, 5% Asian, 4% “Hispanic,” and 1% Black.
There have been more documentaries about Burning Man than one could count – none of which focus upon its minority presence. This feature-length documentary will focus on the experiences and perspectives of its Black participants.
Our target audience are teens and adults who are interested in Black culture and / or counter-cultural art and / or the Burning Man festival specifically. Although the presence of the event in mainstream culture is becoming increasingly popular, both through documentaries about the event, such as Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock, Dust & Illusions, and Gifting It, as well as references in popular culture, such as American Dad, Malcolm in the Middle, Reno 911, and The Simpsons, we will offer insight into an aspect of the event which has never been delved into.
If you are interested in becoming involved with the film, these are the three things we are seeking:
If you would be open to sharing with us on that more intimate level, we would need to know:
We are seeking interviewees in the cities listed below. If you do not see your city or state listed and would like to participate, please reach out to us anyway; if there are enough folks in your area who want to participate, we may make the trip.
* Interviews have already been conducted in these cities, but we intend to return to do more.
Please contact us if you would like to participate.
Thank you very much.
There are many ways you can support the project:
· PROMOTIONAL SUPPORT: Spread the word! “Like” us on Facebook! As we seek funding, it really helps to show that we have a passionate and enthusiastic audience that already supports us!
· MOTIVATIONAL SUPPORT: Be in the film, and encourage others to be in the film as well! We have no film without people willing to share their stories!
· INFORMATIONAL SUPPORT: Pass along any info you hear about grants, fellowships, programs, etc.
· FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Dig in those pockets! Are you eager to be in the film? Eager to see all those brown faces you knew had to be out there somewhere? The faster we raise money, the faster we can get around the country to talk to everyone who’s expressed interest.
Got frequent flyer miles? Access to discount travel vouchers? A flying carpet? We’re pretty open to all kinds of creative ways of getting us to all the cities on our list.
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