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US 2020, 116 min Director MATT WOLF
Environmental science, 1960s counterculture, and American capitalism collide in this fascinating documentary about a group of ambitious young dreamers and eventual entrepreneurs. These individuals would, among many other things, found the Theater of Possibilities, build a seaworthy boat by hand which they sailed around the world, start a successful commune in New Mexico, and, ultimately, create a self-sustaining human terrarium and ecosystem in 1991 known as Biosphere 2, funded by a Texas oil scion hoping to develop technologies for space colonization. The visionary project became a media sensation, when eight “biospherians” were selected to live within the compound for two years, wholly sustained by the isolated environment within. By turns cautionary and inspirational, Matt Wolf’s well-balanced film offers an engrossing tribute to what an idealistic creative collective can achieve.
MATT WOLF’s critically acclaimed and award-winning films have played widely in festivals and have been distributed internationally in theaters and on television. Matt’s feature and short documentaries include Bayard & Me, I Remember, The Face of AIDS, Wild Combination, Teenage, and Recorder. Wolf’s work in television includes the HBO Documentary It’s Me, Hilary and National Geographic miniseries I Am Rebel. Wolf’s newest film Spaceship Earth is about Biosphere 2, a controversial experiment where eight people lived inside a replica of the planet. The film recently premiered in competition at Sundance and will be released by Neon in 2020.
|RUNNING TIME:||116 min|
|PRINT SOURCE:||Stacey Reiss Productions|
|NOTE WRITER:||Leah LoSchiavo|