Charlie Warner decided to attend his first Burning Man festival at the age of 81. Recent health scares including open heart surgery, leukemia, and an ongoing battle with diabetes, has him out in the desert celebrating life by confronting the reality of death and our decaying bodies. The short film that captures his experience is a visual feast that jumps from stark dusty landscape scenes to massive dance parties illuminated by lazers and fireworks.
The worst part about the film is that it is only 15 minutes long. Warner is instantly a likable subject and you can’t help but want to continue to watch his experience and the people who flock to Burning Man for an art fueled, spiritual experience. He also proves that it is never too late to have transformative experiences. Even if your body is slowing down, your capacity for spiritual and emotional growth never lessens.