Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Art of Burning (3D)

Year: 2016
Country: United States
Run Time: 83 minutes

The Art of Burning (3D)
The Art of Burning (3D)
The Art of Burning (3D)


Every year thousands flock to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for Burning Man, an experimental arts festival that began in 1986 as a summer solstice bonfire ritual. It’s gained a reputation for its communal hippie culture, promoting a message of radical self-expression, decommodification, and its environmental “leave no trace” policy. As it became more popular, controversy arose; from drug busts to uninhibited sex, its reputation hasn’t always been stellar. But beyond its much discussed debaucheries, Burning Man is an important incubator for up-and-coming artists. It’s the largest venue for interactive art, which includes an impressive array of performances, sculptures, and light and sound displays. Filmmaker Arnaud Paris focuses THE ART OF BURNING solely on this aspect of the celebration, spotlighting the work of the AfrikaBurn Fire Collective, Peter Hudson, Georgia Collard-Watson, and others who have made their mark at the festival. Forget all your preconceived notions of the event, and open your mind to the extraordinary talent it nurtures. Paris’s film uncovers the wonders of Burning Man, removing the drama that can overshadow it. (In English, French, and Russian with subtitles) –E.F.

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Arnaud Paris

Arnaud Paris is a Los Angeles filmmaker and owner of Sysmic Films. From 2001 to 2003 he was an Assistant Producer on the show, E! True Hollywood Stories. He studied business and film at Bowling Green State University.

"Dream Sketches" (2004), THE ART OF BURNING (2016)

Andrea Biscaro

Bill Totolo

Brad Comfort

Film Contact

This film is presented in honor of SCOTT FREEMAN, whose radical self-expression will forever shine on the dusty playa.

This film is presented with the generous support of HUGH J. WILLIAMS.

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