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Spaceship Earth (2020)

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A look at the group of people who built the Biosphere 2, a giant replica of the earth's ecosystem, in 1991.


Matt Wolf
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelley Taylor Morgan Shelley Taylor Morgan ... Self (archive footage)
Kathelin Gray ... Self - AKA 'Salty'
Marie Harding ... Self - AKA 'Flash'
William Dempster ... Self - AKA 'Freddy'
John Allen ... Self - AKA 'Johnny Dolphin'
William S. Burroughs ... Self (archive footage)
Mark Nelson ... Self - AKA 'Horse Shit'
Margret Augustine ... Self - AKA 'Firefly' (archive footage)
Thor Heyerdahl ... Self - Explorer (archive footage)
Tony Burgess ... Self - Desert Ecologist
Ed Bass ... Self - Chairman, Space Biosphere Ventures (archive footage)
Jane Poynter ... Self - Biospherian (archive footage)
Linda Leigh ... Self - Biospherian
Brian Mortenson Brian Mortenson ... Self - Newscaster (archive footage)
Mindy Blake Mindy Blake ... Self - Newscaster (archive footage)


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. The experiment was a worldwide phenomenon, chronicling daily existence in the face of life threatening ecological disaster and a growing criticism that it was nothing more than a cult. The bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers can potentially re-imagine a new world.

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This is the Story Behind the Story
9 May 2020 | by kyrna_kSee all my reviews

I remember this in the news when I was a kid and thought it was intriguing, but I only vaguely remember the controversy. I didn't understand the problems with what they did (it was an experiment after all, not a dare or a bet) and still don't. At the end, they had a better idea of what was needed before they began. That's what you get from an experiment, generally.

It started slow but it picked up nicely. I wish there could have been interviews with all eight of the Biospherians and maybe a little more about what they learned, but this documentary is about the people behind the experiment, not the experiment itself. And that's OK. Not what I was hoping for but I was pleased with what I got. I'm glad they showed that these people weren't part of what most people would consider a commune. I would have enjoyed having been part of a group like that, especially once they left San Francisco. It would have been absolutely fascinating.

Totally worth a watch.

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8 May 2020 (USA) See more »

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