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Spaceship Earth Takes Sundance

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The film directed by Matt Wolf will premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, US Documentary Competition

Spaceship Earth Takes Sundance

Spaceship Earth, directed by Matt Wolf and produced by Stacey Reiss with Impact Partners and RadicalMedia will have its World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival US Documentary Competition.

Deep in the Arizona desert, there’s an enormous glass terrarium where a miniature replica of earth’s ecosystem lives called Biosphere 2. Its conception began at a countercultural commune, where an innovative group of artists, adventurers, and ecologists, forged an alliance with a Texas oil scion to create Biosphere 2 as a pilot for Mars colonisation. They also hoped that their project would be a model for sustainable living on earth - also known as Biosphere 1.

In 1991 their spectacular project became a media sensation, when eight 'biospherians' went to live hermetically sealed under the glass dome for two years. However, shortly after their mission began, the biospherians contended with ecological calamities - from food shortages to oxygen deprivation - and quickly the media’s fanfare turned to scorn. Cult accusations surfaced about the project’s management, and Biosphere 2 was labelled science fiction, instead of credible science.

Despite these tribulations, the biospherians completed their mission, coalescing to cooperatively manage their impact on a model environment. That is until their miniature world was taken over. This is an epic story, spanning half a century, about the forces that threaten our planet, but also the power of small groups to literally reimagine the world.

“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” said Marshall McLuhan.

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Production Company

Production Company: Stacey Reiss, RadicalMedia

Director: Matt Wolf

Producer: Matt Wolf, Stacey Reiss

Editor: David Teague


Composer: Owen Pallett

RadicalMedia US, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 20:51:31 GMT