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23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
81 min
IMDB Rating:
7.8 / 10 
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Directors: Louie Schwartzberg [Director] ,

Movie Description:
June 12, 2019 From the Maui Film Festival's Celestial Cinema. Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals secrets of the universe and could help save the planet. Fantastic Fungi is a revelatory time-lapse journey, from 2019 Maui Film Festival Visionary Award honoree and director Louie Schwartzberg, about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago. Better yet, you'll see it through the eyes of mycologists, like renowned Paul Stamets exing about the unlimited potential of fungi in the fields of food, medicine, expanding consciousness, bioremediation, neurogenesis and treating end-of-life anxiety. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.


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Inspired and Accurate

Being a trained mycologist, I found it quite heartening to see Paul Stamets and others actually use the correct pronunciation (Fun-jai) and instead of (Fun-guy) or (Fun-gee). The graphics used to show the ubiquitous nature of fungal mycelia in the soil was amazing. The time-lapsed photography is phenomenal and the few inserted personal storylines are effectively portrayed. There is an informative, extensive sequence on the medical use of Psilocybe for helping people with anxiety and other conditions. I watched this via VIMEO and unfortunately there weren't subtitles which would be helpful to keep note and track when they are using scientific names.

The "Magical Mushrooms Mystery Tour"

"Fantastic Fungi: The Magic Beneath Us" (2019 release;81 min.) is a documentary about the amazing fungi and related mushrooms. As the movie opens, we watch, through the use of time lapse photography, as fungi come about, and how mushrooms, one looking weirder yet more beautiful than the other, rise from the ground up. Narrator Brie Larson informs us of the amazing feats that fungi, neither a plant nor an animal but somewhere in between, can achieve. At this point we are 10 min. into the movie.

Couple of comments: this is the latest from veteran documentarian Louie Schwartzberg. Here he brings us an intimate look at the world of fungi. Using Paul Stamets, a noted expert biologist in fungi, as the steady center, we are given a history and biology lesson on how important fungi are to this planet and to us. The movie takes a number of side bars, including the role of psychedelic mushrooms in the 1960s, and its relevance for today. There is a LOT of information that is unloaded onto us in the interviews and the voice overs, as we watch the fantastic photography. After a while I pretty much toned out the narration and instead just watched. At one point, Stamets refers to the "magical mushrooms mystery tour" and that about sums it up for me.

I saw this film at a special showing this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. The place was PACKED to the rafters, literally sold out down to the last seat. Before the film came on, the theater's manager addressed the crowd, informing us that this is the third time they have shown the movie recently, and each time well over 200 tickets were sold, and that already a 4th showing is planned. "I am as baffled as you are", the manager said. (I personally had expected at most a handful of people as well.) Bottom line: if you have any interest in amazing footage about fungi and mushrooms, I'd readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater (if you can), on VOD or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.

Amazing look at our environment

The way that this movie shows or environment is amazing.

And the cinematography is out of this world
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