Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Spaceship Earth

Year: 2019
Country: United States
Run Time: 116 minutes

Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth

In 1991 eight capable men and women were sealed into Biosphere 2, an airtight terrarium in the Arizona desert containing a miniature replica of Earth’s environment. Funded by a Texas oil tycoon hoping to acquire licensable technologies for space colonization, the mission of Biosphere 2 was to maintain an isolated, sustainable environment for two years. It was a mission that became a dystopian simulation of ecological crisis, after which a corporate consultant took over the venture—and disappeared the data. The investors designed Biosphere 2 to generate a lot of press, but little was revealed about the people who created it. Using archival material and present-day interviews with surviving Biospherians, director Matt Wolf brings us this spirited documentary that follows the gregarious and visionary countercultural collective over half of a century, as they conducted experiments around the globe leading up to Biosphere 2. If SPACESHIP EARTH is a cautionary tale about the forces that threaten our planet, it is also an inspirational tribute to what a small creative group can achieve. — Sundance Film Festival

CIFF44 Screenings

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 4:40 PM

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 9:25 AM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Competition
Global Health Competition

Director
Matt Wolf

Producers
Stacey Reiss, Matt Wolf

Cinematography
Sam Wootton

Editing
David Teague

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