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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!

"One of the year’s most mind-blowing, soul-cleansing and yes, immensely entertaining triumphs."—Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com

"A charming blend of science and conjecture, FANTASTIC FUNGI wants to free your mind."—Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

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)

We will have audience discussions following the Friday (8 pm only) and Saturday shows, with the following guests:

FRIDAY, OCT 18 (8pm):
Director Louie Schwartzberg
Meghan Kennedy, Psychedelics Integration, and the Illinois Mycological Association
Moderator: Britt Bunyard, Publisher & Editor in Chief, FUNGI Magazine

SATURDAY, OCT 19:
Director Louie Schwartzberg
David Odd, Chicago’s mushroom forager
Dr. Matt Brown, Chief Medical officer for Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare and co-founder of the Psychedelics and the Future of Psychiatry Meetup group
Moderator: Jim Slama, CEO and founder of Family Farmed

December run tickets available November 14

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