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Spaceship Earth

May 8, 2020

On May 8, 2020, Museum of the Moving Image’s Science on Screen series presented a conversation with Spaceship Earth director Matt Wolf, NYU environmental scientist Andrew Reid Bell, and Biospherians Mark Nelson and Linda Leigh, to consider the making of this superb film, sustainable models of living, the consequences of isolation, and how we might think differently about engaging with the world when the current pandemic ends. The conversation was moderated by Sonia Epstein, Curator of Science on Screen. Special thanks to NEON.

Spaceship Earth (2020, 115 mins. A NEON release) is the story of an inventive group who originated as the “Theater of All Possibilities” and tried to model a more sustainable world. Living for two years isolated inside of a self-designed closed ecosystem called Biosphere 2, this group of eight entered into the unknown, hoping to re-emerge into the world with information and ideas about how to change it.


Discussions with creative figures in film, television, and digital media—formerly the Pinewood Dialogues—made possible with a generous grant from the Pannonia Foundation.