“Somewhere, I think there’s still a world where great big mountains grow right out of the empty like flowers popping up from the sand.” – MSP
MSP’s new movie is, um, weird… They made a normal ski movie, but they added an apocalyptic message to the beginning of it that is part Mad Max, part Never Ending Story (using ‘The Empty’ in place of ‘The Nothing’), part Indiana Jones (ancient relic with power found), and part Water World (with sand instead of water.).
It’s weird, yes… But it clearly seems to be a metaphor for what global climate change has in store for snow. There may be a day coming soon, where snow is pretty damned hard to find…
it’s weird, yes… But ski movies needed a paradigm shift like this. After 20 years of the same format, it’s high ski movies got weird, told a bizarre story and hire movie makers like Ben Sturgulewski to tell a story, paint a picture, turn our brains on in a new way.
“Our latest film from MSP. Ben Sturgulewski took the helm this year. He dreamed big, and even when the odds were heavily stacked against him, he said, “Screw it!” and went for it anyway. The skiers killed it, the snow was insane almost everywhere we went, and Ben’s going to take you where no ski films have gone before. Simply put, “Ruin and Rose” is going to be something special.” – Scott Gaffney
“A surreal future leaves the world without water and consumed by sand: the Big Empty. A group of children survives alone on the edge of the endless desert in the ruin of the now. When a young boy unearths an ancient relic hinting at the lost wonders of winter, he sets off in search of the ghosts that once called the mountains their home. This bold cinematic experience balances stunning skiing with a wild and hopeful journey into the forgotten lands of myth and magic beyond the Empty.
Acclaimed writer/director Ben Sturgulewski joins the award-winning team at Matchstick Productions and their two decades of filmmaking expertise to deliver “RUIN AND ROSE,” an epic creative vision brought to life by the talents of the world’s top skiers. Winter landscapes across the planet contrast seamlessly with a thoroughly-crafted story of environmental apocalypse, shot entirely within the otherworldly expanses of Africa’s Skeleton Coast. Unlike anything seen before, the dreamlike setting of this film sparks the imagination of not only action sports enthusiasts, but anyone with a beating heart.
Presented by Under Armour in spectacular 4K resolution, “RUIN AND ROSE” features veterans and newcomers alike, including Mark Abma, Sammy Carlson, Markus Eder, Zack Giffin, Sander Hadley, Russ Henshaw, Eric Hjorleifson, Lukas Joas, Sean Jordan, Bene Mayr, Evan McEachran, Michelle Parker, Ole Pavel, Tanner Rainville, Austin Ross, Fabio Studer, Cody Townsend, Noah Wallace, and others. “RUIN AND ROSE” was filmed on location in Alaska, Austria, British Columbia, Bulgaria, California, France, Switzerland, and the deserts of Namibia.” – MSP