welcome to the temple documentary project.
WANT TO SHARE YOUR STORY FOR OUR FILM?
HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH US ABOUT LIFE, BURNING MAN, THE TEMPLE, AND THE HUMANITY OF IT ALL.
Due to the crazy intense weather conditions this year at Burning Man, most of the interviews will be done post-playa. I have a studio space in Oakland that can be used to film conversations, or I can go to wherever you live to film it there. Just let me know what you'd prefer.
My name is Afonso Salcedo (aka. Fonzie) and I'm a filmmaker/photographer. This year, I celebrated my 10th year anniversary at Burning Man. For the past several years, I've always participated in helping build some of the art projects, main camps or the Temple, and have worked several shifts throughout the event week working as a Temple Lead and Guardian, being there present in the moment to make sure everyone else at the Temple has a pretty magical, safe, and transformative experience. I've experienced first-hand on multiple occasions throughout the years how the Temple affects each and every one of its visitors, people from all over the world, every background and life experience, who find themselves a bit more at peace once they step into the Temple.
This year, I wanted to follow the Temple project from beginning to end. The story of the Temple itself. Where it comes from, how it is built, why, and the many dozens of people and volunteers who work tirelessly for months helping build one of the most significant structures at Burning Man. I started filming regularly a few months ago, and will be going to Burning Man very early on to be there from the first moment the Temple starts being constructed on the Playa.
Like anything Burning Man, this is a passion project of mine, and something I am doing on the side to help tell a story of Burning Man that I have never seen told before. The humanity of it all. And to help tell the best story possible, I'll need whatever help I can get in getting more footage, or better yet, interviews with some of you. Did you go to Burning Man? Do you have a Temple story you'd like to share? Did you have a transformative experience at Burning Man in general or at the Temple? Has the Temple affected your life in some way or another? Are you a Temple Guardian? Are you part of the Build Team?
If you want, and are willing to be interviewed and share your personal story for this film, please fill out the form below. Everything will be confidential, since I'm the only filmmaker actively working on this. Please share this page with whomever you think would be interested, or be a good fit for this project. Feel free to answer whatever you can, or just send me an email with specific questions about expectations, worries, or concerns about the project.
Looking forward to chatting with you.