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Spaceship Earth

Directed by: Matt Wolf | 2020 | 1h 55m | Unrated

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• General Admission – $3.99

For $3.99, you can purchase a ticket for SPACESHIP EARTH — and you’ll have a 3-day / 72-hour window to watch it. (*Note: NEON’s virtual cinema is supported by Vimeo. You’ll need to create an account with Vimeo to pay for your ticket, but no monthly or annual subscription is needed. Your account will also ensure that you’re able to pause and revisit the film within your rental period.) NEON will share a portion of your ticket payment with O Cinema. If you’d like to consider an additional donation to O Cinema, we’d be most grateful. You can do so here.

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You’ll be able to easily watch the SPACESHIP EARTH at any time within this period on any of the following platforms: (1) Smart TV, (using the browser on your Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Roku or Chromecast); (2) mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android); and (3) computer (by clicking on the link in your email receipt). For further details, see Vimeo’s FAQs here or contact NEON by email.

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These are challenging times for everyone and while we have temporarily closed our theater for the greater good, we are truly pleased to announce a new initiative that will allow us to continue sharing cinematic gems with you by bringing the art house directly into your house! Thanks to NEON & others, we now have the ability to offer our audience the chance to watch films which have not yet been made available on any other streaming platform! O Cinema has always been your mission-driven, community-based nonprofit art house theater and we remain dedicated to educating, entertaining and inspiring. Your support with this purchase will help O Cinema remain a cultural and cinematic beacon in our community.

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Our new virtual cinema will allow us to continue sharing curated, cinematic gems with you by bringing the art house directly into your home while also helping support O Cinema.

In 1991, eight capable men and women were sealed into Biosphere 2, an airtight terrarium in the Arizona desert containing a miniature replica of Earth’s environment. Funded by a Texas oil tycoon hoping to acquire licensable technologies for space colonization, the mission of Biosphere 2 was to maintain an isolated, sustainable environment for two years. It was a mission that became a dystopian simulation of ecological crisis, after which a corporate consultant took over the venture—and disappeared the data.

The investors designed Biosphere 2 to generate a lot of press, but little was revealed about the people who created it. Using archive material and present-day interviews with surviving Biospherians, director Matt Wolf brings us this spirited documentary that follows the gregarious and visionary countercultural collective over half of a century, as they conducted experiments around the globe leading up to Biosphere 2. If SPACESHIP EARTH is a cautionary tale about the forces that threaten our planet, it is also an inspirational tribute to what a small creative group can achieve.

“Here is THE must-see documentary for a world living under quarantine…the “sphere,” which is still around, is worth remembering, especially as human civilization is brought to a consuming, polluting and short-term self-interest pause by COVID-19.”

“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… An involving, oddly poignant tale that should have broad appeal to those on the lookout for distinctive documentary features… has the excitement and involvement of a fictive sci-fi narrative.”

https://youtu.be/mGvYFB6GHRY”In true stranger-than-fiction manner, this Sundance premiere is truly out of this world…SPACESHIP EARTH is no mere 20th century curiosity; it’s a testament to the group of outsiders who did try to grab the world’s attention about climate change through theatrics and to do something substantial about it.”