What Goes Up // Must Come Down






Documentary, Virtual Reality, Installation

A Multimedia Exploration of Celebration and Loss

Every Lunar New Year, tourists converge on the Taiwanese village of Pingxi to launch thousands of floating lanterns into the night sky. The lanterns represent the wishes of their owners—and make for one hell of an Instagram post.


But what happens when dawn breaks, the tourists leave, and the thousands of wishes fall out of the sky?


Weaving virtual reality and conventional 2D filmmaking, What Goes Up // Must Come Down fuses two discrete documentaries about the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival into a singular whole, and suggests that our dreams may have staggering, real-world consequences.