THE FINAL EXIT OF
THE DISCIPLES OF ASCENSIA
Streaming at watch.ffyyc.ca | November 19-29, 2020
Discord watch party: 9pm, November 20
(Plus 38M artist talk)
The final film in Jonni Phillips' Wasteland series (although a self-contained film in its own right), THE FINAL EXIT OF THE DISCIPLES OF ASCENSIA is an empathetic animated portrait of a UFO cult, loosely inspired by the infamous Heaven's Gate cult of the mid-1990s.
Created using hand-drawn paper cutouts (plus a variety of guest animators bringing their own unique techniques to the film's flashbacks, dream sequences and POV shifts), ASCENSIA is rough-edged in its technique and polished in its vision. Utterly unique in its execution, Phillips' film is a heartwarming and heartbreaking mix of absurdity, empathy, humour and anxiety.
The film is followed by an extended interview with Phillips on the making of ASCENSIA and the Wasteland series.