Burning Man Film Festival

Burning Man MCMXCVII

By Chuck Cirino

1997 | 82 mins

Following up on his earlier short film, Burning Man MCMXCIV, director Chuck Cirino skillfully pairs visuals and transcendent music to capture the excitement found deep in the chaos of Burning Man 1997. The video includes a 5-minute preface of the history from Larry Harvey telling the early days on Baker Beach to the journey out to set roots in the Black Rock Desert. This film also features a colorful and controversial view of “issues” with local authorities, and the unexpected media circus following a cover story by Wired magazine on Burning Man in 1996.

Chuck Cirino has worked as a producer, director, filmmaker, videographer, animator, FX technician, editor, and composer. He is best known for producing and directing Weird TV, a television series featuring odd Americans, bizarre news, unbelievable events, and outlandish skits. In addition to earlier national syndication, Weird.TV was a hot property on MSN Video and nominated for 3 Webby Awards under the categories of Best Humor, Best Use of Animation/Graphics, and Best Weird.

NOTE: This film’s official name is simply “MCMXCVII.”