JRS VOLUME #12; ISSUE #07
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 12, Issue #7
November 4, 2007
Welcome to lucky Issue #7! We're about to head off into the Burning Man Staff Retreat, our annual post-event review of what the hell happened, what's up, and how we can make this little shindig all it can be and then some. We've collected reports from all our staffers, plenty of our volunteers, and a heaping helping of participants-at- large through our Feedback Loop. Thanks to all of you who submitted thoughts, praises and complaints to be factored into our considered (and considerable) self-reflection process. Woot.
Lots of random things to throw your way this time around, including London Decompression (December 1), and opportunities to participate in various ways. How, you say? Well, Burners Without Borders heads down to Peru to help with the rebuilding after a devastating earthquake, and you can help! Then we've got a small handful of shout-outs for submissions of photos and videos, and ... um ... star- bellied sneetches.
Finally, we take a moment brighten your screen and moisten your eyeballs a wee bit with beautiful photographs from our friend Waldemar Horwat. As always, he's taken some gorgeous shots of that hootenanny (that's a technical term) in the desert that was fondly remembered as Burning Man 2007.
Burn on, y'all ... wherever you are.
+ HELP BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS ASSIST PERUVIAN EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
+ SEEKING BRC VIDEO OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR ADVOCACY PROJECT
+ "WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY?" TRAILER GOES MAINSTREAM
+ CALLING ALL STAR-BELLIED SNEETCHES!
EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS:
+ LONDON DECOMPRESSION - DECEMBER 1
+ BM07 PICTURES FROM WALDEMAR
HELP BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS ASSIST PERUVIAN EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
Burners Without Borders Heads Up: Construction in Earthquake Devastated Peru: You can volunteer, you can help!
A devastating earthquake hit Pisco, Peru on August 15, 2007, leaving 80,000 people without homes. The manner in which the Peruvian Government is handling this makes FEMA look like Daddy Warbucks. The good news? When everybody has nothing, every gesture matters.
Sam Bloch, Burning Man Cafe carpenter, electrician, and seasoned disaster relief volunteer, left in October to head up construction of a school and hospital in Pisco. Sam spearheaded the construction of community centers for eight months with Thailand Tsunami Volunteers, which was rated the best non-profit in Thailand by the Lonely Planet Guide. He is paying his own way, bringing his own tools, and is creating a sustainable Burners Without Borders volunteer group in Pisco - so that the Burner community may work together to help those hardest hit by the earthquake.
The skills and resources of this community can make a big difference in the lives of Peruvians right now. Go to this link at the Burners Without Borders website to learn how you can volunteer or donate money for much needed tools and supplies: http://tinyurl.com/2x3yr8.
SEEKING BRC VIDEO OR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR ADVOCACY PROJECT
New York based pedestrian and cyclist advocacy group is looking for video footage or stills of cyclists, art cars, mutant vehicles, pedestrians, public spaces (such as center camp), street signs, and theme camps (especially Astor Playa), for inclusion in a short documentary about the pedestrian and cyclist nature of BRC.
All of our work is for advocacy and educational use only. No profits will be gained from the film.
Contributors will receive full credit for the piece and loads of good karma for their gift. If your footage is used for the piece but you were not a registered camera person during the event, don't worry. We will make sure to get you registered so there are no problems with BRC.
Nudity and non-PG footage won't be usable, so don't bother sending it, but please feel free to gift anything else. Spread the Black Rock love.
The video will be sent to BRC for approval before it is released, so everything is above board. Can't wait to see your contributions!
You can check out our work at www.streetfilms.org. Contact nwhitaker (at) openplans (dot) org for more information on how to submit or questions.
"WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY?" TRAILER GOES MAINSTREAM
[Editor's Note: A little backstory here. Reverend Billy's Church of Stop Shopping is a longstanding bastion of Burning Man's principles, and an unstoppable juggernaut crossing the country challenging our culture's apparently insatiable need to shop til you drop, or go bankrupt, whichever comes first. Plus, Billy's hair is FABULOUS. "What Would Jesus Buy?" is their most excellent documentary, well worth your consideration. Rob worked on the Beyond Black Rock Film, and our very own ActionGrrl took time off last year to work with their film crew. And with that, I'll pass it off to Rob ....]
OK folks here's the big time:
Visit http://tinyurl.com/34zx5b and on the front page under "features" you'll find the WWJB trailer! This is a lovely way to stick it to the System, and a very big break for us thanks to our tireless PR team. We're guaranteed to be up here in mainstream USA land only until Monday afternoon, and at a great moment with some real blockbusters coming out right now.
So please feel free to spread the word and make some glorious comments that would entice Jane and John America to come check out this fun, important, and fascinating film with their kids, friends, extended families, church groups, gangs, etc, this November / December!
Unfortunately, you do have to sign up with AOL to make comments, but you don't need to share personal info (heck, make up fake birthdays, zip codes and password clues -- it's fun!) and you can cancel at any time.
The Amercian Gangster trailer is number one at present, with 80,000 views and rising, so we a lot of viewing to do by Monday.
CALLING ALL STAR-BELLIED SNEETCHES!
This year at Burning Man, Sylvester McMonkey McBean constructed his glorified star-on machine. For those that received one upon thars and would like to share their experience and post photos, the virtual frankfurter roast and marshmallow toast is at: http://tribes.tribe.net/starbellysneetch
Remember: you either have one or you don't.
LONDON DECOMPRESSION - DECEMBER 1
Greetz to Burners one and all. It's that time once again ... you've been months (maybe even years) off-playa now and memories are fading; maybe some of you even got the last bits of dust outta yr outfits! But in yr hearts yr jonesing for a lickle taste o'BRC madness; the opportunity to re-connect with the fire inside.
So once again it's time for you to get yr big bad selves down to The London Decompression.
Saturday December 1st is the date.
As usual the location will be sent to ticket holders 2 weeks beforehand and no tickets are available on the door. Get yrselves over to http://euroburners.org/wikka/Decom2007Tickets to purchase the very attractively priced tickets at £12.49 each. At the moment we're restricting tix to 2 per person. This year we've switched to Google Checkout for payments as PayPal charge us a nasty percentage. We're looking at possibly offering both options but for now it's a quick sign up procedure to Google Checkout.
AND... of course... this being a by Burners, for Burners event we'll be looking forward to each and every one of you contributing to the event in some way! A call for volunteers will go out soon ... please make sure that YOU sign up to make this a truly non-spectator Decompression.
We luv ya!
The London Crew aka DIFAI
BM07 PICTURES FROM WALDEMAR
Waldemar Horwat is, in this particular Rabbit's humble opinion, one of the best photographers on the playa. He takes some especially mean pictures of fire performers. He's been kind enough to send along his gallery from this year. Enjoy!
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