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Seventh Art sets ‘Fire’

Docu fetes SF band Beyond Race

Seventh Art Releasing has added another docu to its roster, with tyro helmer Fernando Velasquez’s “Burning Man: Where’s the Fire.”

Pic looks at the annual Burning Man arts festival, which takes place in the high desert wilderness of northern Nevada. Running through Labor Day weekend, thousands of artists, performers and other creative types converge for an entire week. Fest culminates with the ceremonial burning of the Man, a 200-foot-high neon and wood figure, in anti-establishment rebellion.

Movable fest

Fest originated in 1990, held on the beach in San Francisco before moving to the desert in 1995. It has grown tremendously over the years, with 1998 ticket sales nearly double that of the previous year.

Pic specifically follows San Fran band Beyond Race as it prepares to head south for the festivities.

Seventh Art will release the film on video with special event screenings and concerts around the country. The Burning Man Festival has embraced the film as this year’s official film, and will sell copies on its Web site.

Seventh Art has recently acquired Kerri Green’s “Bellyfruit” and the docu “Speaking in Strings” about violinist Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg.