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The Experimental City - New Documentary

Photo: The Experimental City - New Documentary

April 20, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Zeitgeist Zinema 2
222 E Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802

Tickets available through Zinema:

  • Adult $9.75
  • Child $5.50
  • Senior $6.50
  • Student $7.00

* Modest service fees may apply.

Join Minnesota Sea Grant and documentary film producer Chad Freidrichs at the regional premiere of a new documentary chronicling one of the boldest, most-audacious - and largely untold - stories in Minnesota history. Stick around after the 96 minute screening for a panel discussion led by Sea Grant's Sharon Moen and author of "With Tomorrow in Mind" a book chronicling the life of Athelstan Spilhaus, designer of The Experimental City and initiator of Sea Grant.


THE EXPERIMENTAL CITY is a documentary about the Minnesota Experimental City project, a futuristic attempt to solve urban problems by creating a full-size city from scratch in the isolated woods of northern Minnesota.

At the heart of the story is renowned scientist, inventor and comic-strip author Athelstan Spilhaus, who - alarmed by the growing environmental crisis in 1960's America, gathered a team of committed experts to plan a domed city for 250,000 people whose futuristic technology and innovative design would eradicate the pollution and waste of the modern city, and lead the way toward 21st-Century urban life.

But before the city of the future broke ground on a virgin site in isolated northern Minnesota, rural citizens and mistrustful environmentalists rose up in protest, doubtful of its pollution-free promises.

Panelists include:

  • Chad Freidrichs, making The Experimental City documentary.
  • A Duluth City planner, Duluth's comprehensive plan and perspectives on future cities.
  • Tom Beery, Minnesota Sea Grant resilience specialist, the need for experimental cities.

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