Cinema at Night

Nightly we present DREAMSCAPE CINEMA, providing a host of mirrored movie magic. We begin every night with a family-friendly feature – because burner families deserve a trip to the movies too and parents can enjoy a chance to relax while the littles enjoy a film.

Each evening our mirrored projection system will present waking-dream themed tales across our giant 50-foot screen and as always each of our four nightly films is preceded by a curiously curated set of thematic short films and animations. In addition to Dreamscape Cinema’s inclusion in the Burning Man What Where When, our illuminated whiteboard will announce the evening’s offerings and our lit marquee will guide the way.

As always, Red Vines will be provided.

This year’s offerings include The Hourglass Sanatorium, The Kid Who Would Be King, The Book of The Dead, Memories of Murder, Black Orpheus, The Cell, Cloud Atlas, The Fabulous Baron Munchausen, Waking Life. The Apple, Star Trek lV, The Fountain, The Color of Pomegranates, Until the End of the World, A Wrinkle in Time, Safety Not Guaranteed, Crystal Fairy, Teen Witch, and a cornucopia of Alices in Wonderlands – just to name a few. [Titles subject to change. It’s Burning Man, man…]

SPECIAL EVENT: Join us for SLEEPER AWAKE, 1980s Dune versus 2020’s Dune, as two tales of essential space myth shine side-by-side (silent but with subtitles)  to a deep dreamspace soundtrack.

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The Hourglass Sanatorium (Jerzy Makisymiuk, dir.;1973, Polish, 02:04)  Surrealism fuels the visual fever dream, when a young man wanders a sanatorium seeking his father. A masterpiece of dislocation.

The Kid Who Would Be King (Joe Cornish, dir.; 2019, UK, 02:00)  Regular kid Alex somehow finds Excalibur, putting the 20th century 12-year-old directly in Morgana’s crosshairs.

The Book of The Dead (Kihachiro Kawamoto, dir.; 2006. Japan, 01:10) Exquisite stop-action animation presents the space between the earthly and spiritual realms, as a young noblewoman translates the Amida Sutra only to spy Buddha shining over Mt. Futakami.

Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-ho, dir.; 2003, Korea, 02:12) Director gets interested in unsolved serial murders, makes film about investigating said murders, leading to said murders being solved.

Black Orpheus (Marcel Camus, dir.;  1959, Brazil, 01:47) Young lovers dance the bossa nova, trying to outrun death and jealousy though Rio’s Carnaval streets.

The Cell (Tarsem Singh, dir.; 2000, US, 01:49)  Jenny from the Block takes a mind-trip with Vince Vaughn in this visual stunner of a debut.

Cloud Atlas (Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, dirs.;  2012, US, 02:52)  Six stories, pasts, futures, and moments meld in an imperfect beast of a fascinating film.

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (Karel Zeman, dir.; 1964)  The Baron Prášil’s over-the-top fantastic adventures in space and under the sea are brought to life with live action, stop-animation, wit, and whimsy.

Waking Life (Richard Linklater, dir.; 2001, US, 01:41) Is life really but a dream? Or a bunch of bull…

The Apple (Menahem Golan, dir.; 1980, Canada, 01:32) Canadian singers Alphie and Bibi hope for the best when they enter Worldvision Song Fest in this wacky sci-fi rock’n’roll extravaganza, with music by George Clinton.

Star Trek lV: The Voyage Home (Leonard Nimoy, dir.; 1986, US, 01:59) The Enterprise crew goes green rogue, steals a starship, and time-travels to 80s Earth to save the whales. Featuring Oconomowoc, WI’s own Jane Wiedlin as Trillya.

The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky, dir.; 2006, US, 01:36)  Hugh Jackman lives through reincarnations as a conquistador, cancer scientist, and guy in a magic space bubble in this meditation on life beginnings and endings.

The Color of Pomegranates (Sergei Parajanov, dire.; 1969, Armenia, 01:13)  Eye-popping graphics underscore this avante-garde depiction of poet Sayat-Nova (aka King of Song) and his muses.

Until the End of the World (Wim Wenders, dir.; 02:38, director’s cut) A far-out road movie with a fantastic soundtrack and beautiful visuals.

A Wrinkle in Time (Ava DuVernay, dir.; 2018, US, 02:00)  Meg and brother Charles Wallace take a leap via tesseract travel to rescue dad with help from astral travelers Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which.

Safety Not Guaranteed (Colin Trevorrow, dir.; 2012, US, 01:26) Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass go time-tripping via the classifieds. “This is not a joke….Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before.”

Crystal Fairy and the Magic Cactus (Sebastian Silva, dir.; 2013, 01:40)  Annoying hipster seeker invites self-assured, free-spirit on a psychedelic San Pedro cactus quest for true, less-douchey self-revelations. Gabby Hoffman, Michael Cera.

Teen Witch (Dorian Walker, dir.; 1989, US, 01:34)  High-school nerd Louise discovers that turning 16 will release her powers – which she uses to become popular. Duh.

And a whole lotta Alices in Wonderlands, from 1933 (with Cary Grant and W.C. Fields), 1972 (Dudley Moore and Peter Sellers), Disney’s 1951, and 1988’s Svankmejer.