SUSTAINABILITY: A spirited documentary following a visionary counterculture collective, as well as a cautionary tale about the forces destroying the planet.

Sundance had a strong showing of documentary films this year. The slate was noteworthy for the subjects covered and also for inventive storytelling techniques. Spaceship Earth stood out for its expert storytelling. The film, which premiered in the U.S Documentary Competition, was directed by Matt Wolf (Teenage, Recorder).

Here’s the blurb from the Sundance Catalog:
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.


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