Burning Man and the Meaning of Life Director Asked the Big Questions; Delray Beach Film Premiere on December 1
"I saw this festival as a microcosm of life; it's born anew each year, and you live it, and then they burn it down, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, and then they rebuild it next year. So in that week, you can almost sort of experience a lifetime. I think that a lot of people go there looking for transformative change. They're looking for an escape from their life because modern-day life is such a grind, and that's not really natural. We're put in this box and people go there to step outside that box and experience something different."
So, what -- according to the free love, communal living Burners -- is the meaning of life? What else?
"Love. I think that the strongest answers, the most common answer, the one we received the most, and the most succinct is love. It's all just kind of part of living, and it is that part of life that keeps us going. It definitely tested my answer. Part of love is loving yourself and loving others, and so for me, this documentary really tested my skills as an artist and as a human being. Dream big, do big things, 'cause that's love, it's all love, and it gives you purpose."
South Florida was chosen for the documentary's theatrical premiere because the Florida Burners -- a group called Burnt Orange -- stood out to Pifher as some of the most passionate and outgoing. They will certainly be at the premiere hosting a silent auction to benefit Burners Without Borders, which works to spread the values of Burning Man to the wider world year-round and engages in humanitarian work.
Burning Man and the Meaning of Life begins at 10 p.m. Saturday, December 1, at 7421 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets cost $18 at the door or $15 if purchased in advance at jpifproductions.com. After the film, there will be a Q&A with unit production manager John Pifher (Julie Pifher's brother) and video editor Lenore Smith.