The Experimental City is an untold slice of Minnesota history from a time when the North Star State was poised to be the technological leader of the world. Filmmaker Chad Freidrichs will be present in person at this screening for a Q&A immediately following the screening.
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 dreams of a new kind of planned city – a truly experimental city that continuously changes to find workable urban solutions.
This new city would employ the newest technologies in communications, transport, pollution control, energy supply – even large-scale domed enclosure – in an attempt to create more livable cities for the 21st Century. It was a compelling vision, with powerful backers, hundreds of experts, and its own state agency, the Minnesota Experimental City Authority.
But not everyone fell in line with this newfangled vision for the future.
Tickets are $8 in advance, $9 online from Frozen River Film Festival's Vendini page or $10 at the door.