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.