Dust & Illusions, 30 years of Burning Man History, A Documentary by Olivier Bonin

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The Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society

Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society from Madnomad Films on Vimeo.

Credits: Filmed by Chuck Cirino (Weird TV), Doug Wellman, Scott Beale (Laughing Squid), Jon Alloway, Richard Darigo. Edited by Olivier Bonin.

You’ve heard about Burning Man, about Santacon (with over 10,000 Santa Claus gathering in Ireland), but have you heard about the Cacophony Society? The group emerged from the ashes of the San Francisco Suicide Club in 1986 after Gary Warne, its founder, passed away at the age of 35 in 1983. Gary famously said “Fear is a freeze on the future, the floodgate
that stops our imaginings…
“. Things were just getting started!!

In short the Cacophony Society is at the origins of many events such as Santacon, and made Burning Man as we know it today. Without Cacophony…

Now 3 of the people behind the group have written a book full of fascinating essays about following just what Gary Warne had in mind. From the authors themselves: “From Fight Club to Burning Man, Flash Mobs to Santarchy Cacophony influenced everything subversive, playful and anti-authoritarian in popular culture over the last 20 years – this is the great, untold story of the 1980s and ’90s. A template for pranksters, artists, adventurers and anyone interested in rampant creativity, Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society is the history of the most influential underground cabal you’ve never heard of. Rising from the ashes of the mysterious and legendary Suicide Club, The Cacophony Society, at its zenith, hosted chapters in over a dozen major cities, and influenced much of what was once called the underground. The Cacophony Society’s epic exploits radically changed the way people live and play in the world. The group inspired Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club and Burning Man and helped start pop culture trends including flash mobs, urban exploration, and culture jamming.

Authors are Kevin Evans, Carrie Galbraith, John Law

Upcoming Book Readings
May 16th: Book Premiere, City Lights, San Francisco.
May 18th: Panel Discussion, Makers Faire.
May 19th: Readings from the book, Green Apple Books San Francisco.
June 6th: Readings and book signings, Pegasus Books, Berkeley, CA.
June 14th: Powell’s Bookstore in Portland.
Jue 22nd: Le Luz de Jesus in LA.
August – Varnish Gallery and SFAI Lecture Series.

Tales of the Cacophony Society

700 Club visits Burning Man in 1996

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In 1996 a group under the name “The Sentinel Group” goes to Burning Man, right during the year themed as “HELL”. After gathering hours of footage during the event, they went to the TV show “The 700 Club” hosted by the wealthy, supposedly christian, Pat Robertson, one of those extremists that you can find only […]

RIP Pepe Ozan (1939-2013)

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Pepe all the way. Intense, convinced, he died the way he lived. He was in charge. Great man, great passions. I wish I had visited him while he was in Argentina. Long live Pepe Ozan! Dean Mermell announced the sad news this morning: Pepe Ozan has died. He took his life yesterday. He was a […]

Black Rock Boutique Portland Screening Benefit

August 4th 2012. 6pm & 8pm Clinton Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, OR 97215 Previous screening in Portland sold out weeks in advance. Seating is limited. Invite friends at the event or get a reminder:http://www.facebook.com/events/383196808395194 These 2 screenings are a benefit for the Burning Man theme camp, Black Rock Boutique. The Black Rock Boutique […]

Screening Chez Poulet. May 17th 2012

May 17th 2012. 8:30pm Chez Poulet Cesar Chavez, San Francisco CA 94110 It’s been a while since we’ve shown the film. San Francisco, the home of Burning Man, Chez Poulet the home of Chicken John, seem to be the best combination to do this. Event. Invite 100+ people from SF only on facebook and get […]

Orlando Screening. December 8th 2011

ONLY SCREENING in SOUTH FLORIDA here: South FL on Dec 10th. This is your chance to see this unique perspective on this event. Show is canceled in Orlando.

South Florida Screening. December 10th 2011

December 10th 2011. 9:00pm & 12pm Movies of Lake Worth, 7380 Lake Worth Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33467 After 2 years of touring around the world, Dust & Illusions is coming to South FL for one night only. This is your chance to see this unique perspective on this event. DIRECTOR will be doing Q&A […]

Osaka screening. June 25th 2011

June 25th 2011. 6:30pm Creo Osaka West, 6-1-20 Nishikujyo, Konohana-ku, Osaka, Japan Film in English with Japanese Subtitles! Japanese Trailer click here Event. Invite 200+ people from Osaka only on facebook and get 1 FREE TICKET… If not, maybe you have radio/newspaper contact or other resources, then please contact me!

Flagstaff Screening. June 6th 2011

June 6th 2011. 7:30pm ORPHEUM Theater, 15 W. Aspen St – Flagstaff, AZ 86001 After 2 years of slow-touring around the world, Dust & Illusions is coming to Flagstaff for one night only. Playing also in Phoenix on June 7th, and in Tucson on June 8th. This is your chance to see this unique perspective […]

Phoenix Screening. June 7th 2011

June 7th 2011. 7:00pm & 9:00pm MADCAP Theaters, 730 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281 After 2 years of slow-touring around the world, Dust & Illusions is coming to Phoenix for one night only. Playing in Flagstaff, AZ on June 6th and in Tucson on June 8th. This is your chance to see this unique […]