Fantastic Fungi

"Fantastic Fungi", directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil, and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offer us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.

While "Fantastic Fungi" is informative and portrays the giant among Paul Stamet's mushroom researchers, it is also a somewhat exhausting string of interviews and facts backed by festive music and many animations.

Director(s): Louie Schwartzberg
Script: Mark Monroe
Production: Diamond Docs, Regina K. Scully, Louie Schwartzberg, Lyn Davis Lear, Elease Lui Stemp, Moving Art
Music: Adam Peters
Actors: Suzanne Simard, Michael Pollan, Paul Stamets, Jay Harman, Brie Larson, Andrew Weil, Giuliana Furci, Art Goodtimes, Peter McCoy, Bill Richards, John Stamets, Roland Griffiths, Bob Jesse, Judith Goedeke, Stephen Ross, Charles Grob, Lori Carris, Steve Sheppard, Dennis J. McKenna, Mary P. Cosimano, Eugenia Bone, Michael Bossis, Gary Lincoff, Nicholas V. Cozzi, Tony D. Head, Patricia Stamets, Tradd Cotter, William Padilla-Brown
Year: 2019
Duration: 80 min
Our age recommendation: 10
Language (audio): German, French, English, Spanish, Dutch, Hebrew
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: United States
Screening rights: Moving Art ()
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Main topic(s): Planet Earth Permaculture
Secondary topics: soil spirituality health
Mentions: fungus mycelium psilocybin healing medicinal mushrooms pharmacist mushroom evolution brain
Topic Page(s): Planet Earth

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