The Experimental City


Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1:00pm
Tivoli Theatre

In the 1960s, visionary scientist Athelstan Spilhaus, alarmed by the growing environmental crisis in America, worked with a team of committed urban experts to plan a domed city whose futuristic technology and innovative design would eradicate the pollution and waste of the modern city and lead the way to the 21st century. Spilhaus had worn many hats: respected meteorologist, oceanographer, and inventor; commissioner of the Seattle World's Fair; and author of a popular futurist newspaper comic. But in the mid-1960s, he became a frustrated member of a federal committee on urban pollution. To truly understand the problem, Spilhaus concocted the Minnesota Experimental City (MXC), which would be constructed in the Minnesota woods. But before the city of the future could break ground on a virgin site in isolated northern Minnesota, rural citizens and mistrustful environmentalists rose up in protest, doubtful of its pollution-free promises. “The Experimental City” is directed by SLIFF alum and Columbia, Mo., resident Chad Friedrichs (“The Pruitt-Igoe Myth").

95 min.

Directed by

Chad Freidrichs

Film Category

Art & Architecture Spotlight Environmental Focus Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Show-Me Cinema
With director Friedrichs.

Shown with

This Is the War Room!

This Is the War Room!

Boris Hars-Tschachotin

Legendary production designer Ken Adam recalls the iconic War Room he created with Stanley Kubrick for "Dr. Strangelove."

13 min.