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We’ve worked with the Academy Award-winning studio NEON to present SPACESHIP EARTH, making it possible for you to see the film — and your ticket helps support the Belcourt.

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 the Belcourt. Please note that this arrangement, in these unprecedented times, means we’re unable to offer member pricing. Thanks for your understanding and support. And if you’d like to consider an additional donation to the Belcourt, we’d be most grateful. You can do so here.

Note:  After you have created a Vimeo account and entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for 3 days / 72 hours. You can view SPACESHIP EARTH via the link in the receipt that will be sent to your email, or simply click “Watch Film” when the confirmation page appears directly after purchase.

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. For general information about watching on a bigger screen, see our FAQs here.

In the recent tradition of highly entertaining stranger-than-fiction docs comes an appropriately quarantine-adjacent origin story of Biosphere 2, an early 90s experiment meant to demonstrate the viability of closed ecological systems to support and maintain human life in Outer Space. In 1991, eight capable men and women were sealed into an airtight terrarium in the Arizona desert containing a miniature replica of Earth’s environment with a mission to maintain an isolated, sustainable environment for two years. 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.” —Roger Moore, Movie Nation

“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.” —Monica Castillo, The Wrap

The Belcourt Theatre does not provide advisories about subject matter or potential triggering content, as sensitivities vary from person to person.

Beyond the synopses, trailers and review links on our website, other sources of information about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense MediaIMDb and as well as through general internet searches.

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