I watch this a month and a half after returning from Black Rock City and it's hard to process that these images happened - in front of my eyes. This year I was 100% sober the entire week to see them this year and it still seems like a fiction movie. Every year for 11 years one week have reminded me that people can do amazing things - just to do them. On the face of it much of the art doesn't seem to have a purpose - but the reality is that at least for me there's a huge purpose - to make me hope and BELIEVE in the power of people to just do. Would love if you 'share' this Burning Man video. I'm a Burner forever and each year it gets better. Capturing the gorgeous world of Black Rock City is one of my favorite passions. I wrote the score which to me enhances the images. Hopefully it's shareable by you!
Now that many in our society have moved beyond traditional religion, how do we move past tragedy? How do we mark the exciting events in our lives and how do we deal with life's inevitable trials? Some people who face these questions find the answer in the most unlikely of places, Burning Man. "The Temple" explores modern spirituality in a contemplative and personal manner touching on the ideas of self-discovery, letting go, and meaningful human connection that transcends simply a party in the desert.
Director / Composer / Cinematographer - Michael Marantz - michaelmarantz.com
Sound Mix / Editor - Drew English - drewenglish.com
Additional Editorial - Frank Frumento
A very special thank you to the Burning Man organization for permitting me to make this film.
Also a thank you to Jonathan Harris for lending such eloquent words to the piece and Amiee for sharing her story.