Ignite: A Cinematic Journey Depicting The World of Burning Man

There’s films and then there’s cinematic journeys. The first you watch and then carry on with your life as you were, but the latter literally remain with you. Cinematic journeys take over your thoughts, they influence your actions and ultimately become catalysts for real life moments, with the ultimate potential of changing everything and anything that they influence.

Ignite is one of those cinematic journeys, a Burning Man experience like no other. If you’ve been to Black Rock City for the annual pilgrimage that sees tens of thousands visit each summer, you already know that words cannot and will never do the experience any justice. And frankly, nor do any of the videos you have likely seen posted on social media depicting what are just mere isolated moments of the much bigger journey that is being at Burning Man.

It is because of this that Director Ryan Moore has decided to pour his heart and soul into Ignite, a no-holds-barred cinematic project that will catapult watchers into the world of Burning Man like no other film has ever done. Out of over 70,000 attendees this year, Ignite were 1 of 25 in total that were granted all-access by the event organizers, enabling the team to gather mind-blowing and unique footage in the process. Shot with professional equipment like the Red Weapon 8K Helium,  the same camera used to film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight, the film is now in the post-production process. All that is needed to complete it is editing it into a finished film, composing the music for it (see more about our Grammy Award winning composer below), and finishing the film in 4K so you can experience it as those that were there did.

Ryan has spent over $25,000 of his own money to cover pre-production and production costs to make sure he could bring the best team to make my vision a reality. He has now launched a campaign on Kickstarter to raise funding for the last stretch of Ignite‘s project. The initial and tight budget goal of $20,000 has been met, but he hopes to raise $50,000 for the team to have the necessary funding to deliver the best product possible. You can donate the campaign here.

In the words of Director Ryan Moore:

Burning Man is something that cannot be described in words, therefore I feel this is the best way of expressing it in a visual format. After all these years of attending I’ve been able to develop a clear vision for what I feel truly represents what it’s like to be there. Authenticity is really important to me. My intention is to show how people connect with one another, the art, and the community. Again, the art and mutant vehicles are wonderful to showcase, but my focus is ultimately on sharing how Burning Man makes people feel. How the event truly affects its participants and how they in turn interact within the event. Capturing the human element and connectedness within Burning Man in a non-verbal way is what I intend to illustrate in Ignite.

 

The Crew

Producer and Director Ryan Moore is known for directing and producing the feature film documentary Mannynarrated by Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson. The film chronicles the boxer Manny Pacquiao’s meteoric rise from abject poverty to 10-time world champion. Manny was directed and produced by Ryan and had its world premiere at the SXSW film festival.

For the project, Ignite has sought the musical prowess and genius of Lorne Balfe, a Grammy Award-winning, EMMY and BAFTA nominated film composer from Inverness, Scotland. His filmography boasts an incredible breadth and depth of titles, ranging from major studio (The Dark Knight, Inception, Iron Man, Ghost In The Shell, Terminator: Genisys and more) to independent films, tentpole video game franchises (Assassin’s Creed III, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and more) and beloved animated feature films such as The Lego Batman Movie, Megamind, Penguins of Madagascar and more.

Cinematographer Jeremy Thierry has over 20 years experience working throughout the world in almost every genre of film and television, creating hundreds of hours of programming for all the major UK networks and production companies including the BBC, ITV, CNN, MTV, Discovery, National Geographic and others.

Jeremy was joined by Neil Fernandez, a cinematographer and filmmaker who first started editing tv shows such as Paranormal State (A&E) to Emmy nominated shows like Animal Planet and Whale Wars. As a cinematographer Neil has worked on films which have premiered at the LA Film Festival while others have been featured on Netflix. Neil also films music videos using his stylish techniques with artists as Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, and Busta Rhymes.

On editing duties is Daniel Freedman, a writer, comic book colorist, film editor and director with a large portfolio of work including work for Warner Brothers, Lions Gate, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Apple, HP, Adobe, Vice, Nylon, the Cobrasnake, Dim Mak records, Roc Nation and more.

 

 

Click HERE for more information and to donate to the Ignite: A Burning Man Film Kickstarter campaign, which ends on Friday, October 6 2017.

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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Art Of The DJ’ Featuring Steve Lawler

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Steve Lawler, one of dance music’s most tenacious innovators, is the subject of a fascinating new documentary on electronic music culture, titled The Art Of The DJ. Running at 80 minutes, the biopic chronicles the ups and down’s of the British DJ/producer’s career, and includes guest appearances from Danny Whittle, Carl Cox, and more. The director, Piers Sanderson, was also responsible for the 2010 High On Hope, which examined acid house and the rave scene’s rise and fall in the UK. The Art Of The DJ is focussed on dance music’s trajectory into the future, examining Lawler’s success to extrapolate beyond the transition from underground to mainstream. The film contains original footage from Steve Lawler’s early raving days, bouts with substance abuse, the pressure of fame and success, and his escapades in Ibiza.

The Art Of The DJ is now available in full. Watch the trailer below, and click here to purchase the film in its entirety.

Steve Lawler: Facebook | Soundcloud | Resident Advisor | Beatport

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As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM Debuts at Tribeca

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As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM is a new documentary debuting this Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. DJ AM’s rise to fame within the music industry is an engaging story filled with tremendous challenges, ending with his untimely death in 2009 at the young age of 36.

Director, Kevin Kerslake, pays tribute to the life of Adam Goldstein through this documentary. To tell the story of As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM, Kerslake includes interviews with friends and colleagues such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, Pasquale Rotella, Z-Trip, and Travis Barker who all provide phenomenal insight about their time with DJ AM. Despite his tragic passing, DJ AM surely left his mark on the industry and helped paved the way for future avenues of music and culture.

As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM has a run time of 102 minutes, and can be seen on the following dates at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Friday, April 17: Regal Cinemas Battery Park
Time – 9:15 PM

Saturday, April 18: Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 6
Time – 9:30 PM

Wednesday, April 22: Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 7
Time – 3:00 PM

Saturday, April 25: Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 6
Time – 9:30 PM

Tribeca Film Festival: Official Site

Slices Mini-Documentary: KiNK

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Electronic Beats bring forth another excellent feature in their Slices Series. This time around they visit the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, to visit none other than Strahil Velchev; best known as Kink.

The Electronic Beats team traverses throughout the city with Kink, and make a stop at his mothers house to take a look at his home studio loaded with analog gear. You can view the Slices feature, as well as our interview with Kink from NAMM 2015, in the videos below.

Kink on: Facebook | Soundcloud | Resident Advisor

Event Promoters Taking Example From Europe To Prevent Drug Fatalities

Drug-related injuries and deaths have been a seemingly unbeatable parasite attached to this decade’s dance music boom in America. Youths have been quick to respond to increased security measures, which also contributes to even more unsafe practices such as ‘preloading’ an unsafe amount of dangerous substances before entering events. Attendees risk their safety and health by fighting fire with fire.

Music festival promoters have reevaluated their approach to preventing drug-related fatalities and injuries by taking example from Europe. “We looked to Europe a bit, where such things have worked out well,” said Dr. Andrew Bazos, Chairman of the SFX Medical and Safety Committee. “European electro promoters typically enact more comprehensive, long-term strategies than their American counterparts: specifically, they encourage peer-based crisis management and drug education.” At the Amsterdam Dance Event last October, Dr. Bazos gave a presentation called “Alive andWell at Live Music Events” that called for increases in two sectors of festival management besides security: harm reduction (cool-down areas, substance intake education, water stations) and medical (on-site treatment, fixed and roving EMTs).

This “European approach” strategy encourages safe practices over more aggressive involvement of law enforcement personnel. The event promoters employing this tactic aim to prevent the stifling atmosphere that results from stricter policies and an overbearing presence of police and security personnel.

Is the proper way to consider the safety of event-goers?

 

Source: Fader

808 The Movie (Official Trailer)

808 movie 334 years ago, Roland changed history with the release of the TR-808, the most iconic drum machine to this day. From its deep kick to its clangy cowbells, the machine has a very distinct sound – if you’ve heard a hip hop or dance music record, you’ve definitely heard an 808. However, the machine wasn’t always embraced as it is now; it was discontinued after several years, and was pushed into obscurity. After falling into the right hands, the 808 spawned dozens of genres, including our much-beloved techno and house.  Today, the 808 is ubiquitous in recorded music, and in early 2015, director Austin Baker will be releasing 808, chronicling the history of the revered machine. The film features interviews with Afrika Bambaataa, Pharrell, Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, Diplo, New Order,  Damon Albarn, Fatboy Slim, and many more.

Check out the official trailer below, and stay tuned for more release info and updates.

New Music Seminar reveals its early days from Detroit to New York

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Detroit and New York are truly the epitome of forward thinking electronic music culture in North America and have set unparalleled standards on the global scene. From the late 80s to the early 90s techno pioneers such as Jeff Mills, Terrence Parker, Mike Banks, Mike “Agent X” Clark, Bill “Billy Love” Beaver, Norm Talley, and Robert hood would make their annual trek from the motor city to the big apple attending ‘New Music Seminar‘ (NSM) often known as the precursor to Winter Music Conference (WMC) in Miami. This fascinating story of this annual trip between a few passionate music-driven friends sets the early stages and influence for the future of Detroit Techno. Read the full piece on RBMA here.

A Look Inside Sunday School

Sunday School has become one of the iconic clubbing brands striving to keep the underground vibes alive. In this brief documentary, artists and those involved with Sunday School like Josh Wink and Francis Harris give some insight into the history of the Sunday afterhour, the “Vinyl Only” Stage at Electric Zoo, and their perspective on what makes the Sunday School special. Check out the full story here 

A Look Inside Sunday School

Sunday School has become one of the iconic clubbing brands striving to keep the underground vibes alive. In this brief documentary, artists and those involved with Sunday School like Josh Wink and Francis Harris give some insight into the history of the Sunday afterhour, the “Vinyl Only” Stage at Electric Zoo, and their perspective on what makes the Sunday School special. Check out the full story here 

A Look Inside Sunday School

Sunday School has become one of the iconic clubbing brands striving to keep the underground vibes alive. In this brief documentary, artists and those involved with Sunday School like Josh Wink and Francis Harris give some insight into the history of the Sunday afterhour, the “Vinyl Only” Stage at Electric Zoo, and their perspective on what makes the Sunday School special. Check out the full story here