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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Fantastic Fungi

2018, Louie Schwartzberg, USA, 81 min.
Narrated by Brie Larson


Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 18th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 18th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 19th 5:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 20th 3:30pm
  • Mon, Oct 21st 6:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 22nd 7:45pm
  • Wed, Oct 23rd 6:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 24th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere! Louie Schwartzberg in person!

This revealing and marvelously mind-boggling documentary explores the hidden kingdom of mushrooms, the unique fruit of mycelium, an all-pervasive fungal network that not only lives beneath our feet but subversively dominates the earth. The Fifties rockabilly hit “There Was a Fungus Among Us” unwittingly proclaimed the fact: mycelium is everywhere, whether seen or unseen. Experts including groundbreaking scientist/mycologist Paul Stamets and authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, and Andrew Weil reveal the ways in which mushrooms harbor a vast and barely explored potential for healing, renewing the environment, providing sustenance, and altering consciousness, but only if mankind is savvy enough to tap their enormous power. Awe-inspiring time-lapse macro cinematography by director Schwartzberg (WINGS OF LIFE) brings mushrooms and their underworld networks to astonishing vibrant life for a don’t-miss experience. DCP digital. (BS)

Director Louie Schwartzberg is scheduled to appear for audience discussion on Friday (8 pm only; tentative) and Saturday.

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