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Virtual Cinema: Spaceship Earth

A look at the group of people who built the Biosphere 2, a giant replica of the earth's ecosystem, in 1991.
(NR, 113 min.)

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Spaceship Earth is the true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem called BIOSPHERE 2. The experiment was a worldwide phenomenon, chronicling daily existence in the face of life threatening ecological disaster and a growing criticism that it was nothing more than a cult. The bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers can potentially reimagine anew world. [Neon]

Starring: Jane Goodall, John Allen, Linda Leigh, Roy Walford, Tony Burgess
Director: Matt Wolf
Genre: Documentary

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"Sci-fi and the counterculture blend in an involving look at the people behind Biosphere 2."

— John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

"The film offers a refuge of idealism and intellectuality in an age that’s actively hostile to both of those qualities."

— Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

"With a wealth of archival material to work with, Wolf does a superb job of sending viewers back into the 1980s and 1990s."

— Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"As smog clears across urban landscapes due to stay-at-home orders, the vision - and the warnings - laid out by Biosphere 2 remain relevant."

— G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

"A testament to the group of outsiders who did try to grab the world's attention about climate change through theatrics and to do something substantial about it."

— Monica Castillo, TheWrap

"Here is THE must-see documentary for a world living under quarantine. Spaceship Earth is about can-do cooperation, art and science coalescing, about “learning by doing” and recognizing that 'small groups of people are the engines of change.'"

— Roger Moore, Movie Nation