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Fri, May 08


Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema

Spaceship Earth: Documentary Online

Chronicling a landmark undertaking at the corner of Counterculture and Science: this film examines the true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem called: BIOSPHERE 2. ​

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Spaceship Earth: Documentary Online
Spaceship Earth: Documentary Online

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May 08, 2020, 3:00 PM – May 22, 2020, 11:59 PM

Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema

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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 “Theater of All Possibilities”,  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 colonization. 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 labeled science fiction, instead of a credible scientific experiment.

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. Directed by Matt Wolf.


“A lovely, engrossing documentary flashback. ‘Spaceship Earth’ reclaims Biosphere 2 from the pop-culture-footnote dustbin, capturing the spirit of genuine idealism and earnest scientific inquiry…”- Variety

Our new online screenings are an effort to stay connected while social-distancing and enjoy innovative films together while we are temporarily closed. The cost of each online ticket sold will be split between the distributor and Epsilon Spires. Each rental will directly help our venue survive through these challenging times. 

 ♥ Much gratitude to the filmmakers for their partnership, and to you, our community, for your continued support ♥ 

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