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The mysterious movie theater you stumbled upon that night when you trekked out to deep playa at Burning Man.
The mysterious movie theater you stumbled upon that night when you trekked out to deep playa at Burning Man.
227 backers pledged $12,663 to help bring this project to life.

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The video above tells the story of one of the most talked-about art projects at Burning Man the last two years:  The Black Rock Bijou, a fully equipped, old-school movie theater, deliberately and mysteriously placed in the middle of nowhere.  In the video, you can watch it being built in Hollywood and then transported to the Black Rock Desert, and hear the artists talk about how and why they make it happen.   Burning Man's own official blogger, Jon Mitchell, called it "the most compelling illusion I'd ever seen in my life."  (Thanks Jon!)   We'd very much like to make this happen again in 2012, but we need your help!  Please read on…




Above you can see the sort of spontaneous gathering the theater seems to inspire at all hours of the day and night.  It is indeed a "wonderfully popular illusion", but to make it happen again in 2012, even though the Bijou team donates all the needed labor, will cost us about $12,500 out of pocket.   That's why we're hoping that if you are a Bijou fan, a classic film fan, a classic movie theater fan, or just a fan of Art that's Designed to Blow Your Mind, you will consider helping us!  Then the wonder people experience when they enter the auditorium (see below), magically transported to another time and place, will happen once again.



By the way, here's what that $12,500 will cover:  storage of the theater for the 11 1/2 months it's not on the Playa, rental trucks to move the theater to and from Black Rock City, construction materials including wood, paint, vacu-form "brick," and assorted hardware, fuel for generators and trucks,  and purchase and repair of a/v equipment.  We'll also be buying two permanent storage units through the Burning Man organization that will enable us to radically lower our annual transportation and storage costs in future years.  (Making it super-easy to bring the installation back annually.)



Any questions?  Please ask!   Please join us in the joy and thrill of making an inspirational art project happen on the Playa.   On the right-hand side of the page you  can read about all of the special perks we have for you if you can be kind enough to help us.  Wouldn't it be fun to stand in front of the theater next year and know that you were one of the people that made it happen?   We can tell you, honestly, there's nothing quite like that thrill.   Thank you again!   Luz y amor,  The Bijou team.  

(Special thanks to Sam Englebardt and Brock Pierce for their love and support last year!)






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    A Black Rock Bijou Sticker

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    your name (or your playa name) will be immortalized under our "Burners for the Bijou" list on our new website:

    www.blackrockbijou.com

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    All of the above and a Black Rock Bijou Button with the artwork as it appears on the side of the 2012 theater

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    All of the above and a Framed Professional 4x6 Photo of the Black Rock Bijou with our gratitude expressed on our marquee.

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    All of the above and a Black Rock Bijou "Fertility 2.0" themed Donor Tee Shirt. And since you're a "donor" for a fertility themed year... (use your imagination on what the image might entail)

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    All of the above and a Hoodie emblazoned with the art as it appears on the side of the 2012 theater.

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    All of the above EXCEPT the framed photo will be a personalized 8x10 professional image with your name on our beautiful marquee thanking you for your generous contribution.

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    The Sticker, the Button, the 2012 Donor Tee, the Hoodie and...AN 8X10 PHOTO OF THE 2012 BLACK ROCK BIJOU WITH A PERSONALIZED "THANK YOU" AND YOUR NAME ON THE MARQUEE ACCOMPANIED BY A BRICK FROM THE SIDE OF THE BIJOU IN A PROFESSIONALLY FRAMED SHADOW BOX.

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    Everything we have previously offered and...YOU AND FIVE OF YOUR NEAREST AND DEAREST WILL BECOME THE UNIFORMED STAFF OF THE BLACK ROCK BIJOU FOR ONE NIGHT AT BURNING MAN 2012!

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