Mesmerizing in its imagery and shot in 51 locations across the country, ‘Ascension’ is a cinematic exploration of China’s industrial supply chain that reveals the country’s growing class divide through staggering observations of labor, consumerism and wealth. The film ascends through the levels of the capitalist structure: workers running factory production, the middle class selling to aspirational consumers, and the elites reveling in a new level of hedonistic enjoyment. In traveling up the rungs of China’s social ladder, we see how each level supports and makes possible the next while recognizing the contemporary ‘Chinese Dream’ remains an elusive fantasy for most.
Jessica Kingdon’s terrific documentary film, which fits into a documentary tradition that includes Walter Ruttmann’s BERLIN: SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY and Godfrey Reggio’s KOYAANISQATSI, rewires your mental picture of contemporary China. Presented with no narrative and limited structure, ASCENSION is a collection of breathtaking images and revelatory vignettes that position China as a simultaneously alien and completely universal cultural and industrial landscape, never spelling out which direction points toward progress.
Directed by Jessica Kingdon
Running time 97 minutes
THE FRENCH DISPATCH
The film has been described as Wes Anderson's "love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city", centering on three storylines. It brings to life a collection of tales published in the eponymous The French Dispatch, based in the fictional French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé. The film is inspired by Anderson's love of The New Yorker, and some characters and events in the film are based on real-life equivalents from the magazine.
Directed by Wes Anderson
Running time 103 minutes
WARREN MILLER'S WINTER STARTS NOW
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2021 AT 6:00 & 9:00
For years we’ve been kicking off winter in true Warren Miller fashion, and we’re back for another round. This season, the snow will feel a little deeper, the jumps a little higher and the views from the top will be just a bit more inspiring.
Join friends Marcus Caston, Amie Engerbretson, JT Holmes and more. Meet rising stars Madison Rose and Noah Elliott, and follow along on a disabled ski descent of Denali with Vasu Sojitra and Pete McAfee.
Head to Sugarloaf where we’ll meet the minds behind the manufacturing of Winterstick Snowboards, and meet Phil & Amy Taisey, who craft Amalgam Skis out of their garage. Follow Vermont native Jim Ryan around Sun Valley with some new friends.
Tap into your inner snow season stoke this season because "Winter Starts Now." Find out more about the 72nd annual ski and snowboard film at warrenmiller.com. Purchase tickets here: