festival program / Documentary Achievement Award

Spaceship Earth


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

Deep in the Arizona desert, there’s an enormous glass terrarium where a miniature replica of earth’s ecosystem lives called Biosphere 2. In 1991, a group of countercultural visionaries brought this controversial science experiment to life to prepare for life on Mars. But when eight “biospherians” went to live hermetically sealed under the glass for two years, their mission was soon faced with ecological calamities and cult accusations. Despite these tribulations, the biospherians completed their mission, coalescing to manage their impact on a model environment. That is until their miniature world was taken over. This is an epic story about the forces that threaten our planet, but also the power of small groups to literally reimagine the world.

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SilverSpot Cinema 13

Director Bio

Matt Wolf is a filmmaker from California. His feature documentaries include Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (08), Teenage (13), Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (19) and Spaceship Earth (20).

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Matt Wolf
  • Producer(s)
    Stacey Reiss and Matt Wolf

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