Fantastic Fungi

Fantastic Fungi

February 28, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Back by popular demand! This immersive journey through an underground network of fungi offers solutions to some of our most pressing medical and environmental challenges.


Mushrooms, it turns out, are just the visible part of an awesome organism known as mycelium, most of which lies below ground. Neither animal nor vegetable, this vast network of cells has been sharing nutrients and forming connections for billions of years, breaking down decaying matter and transforming it into living soil.
But Louis Schwartzberg's consciousness-shifting film is about much more than penicillin, rotting sandwiches in the fridge and your college roommate's illicit hallucinogens. Renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets and bestselling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others reveal the beauty and intelligence of the fungi kingdom—which may be the key to healing and saving our planet. D: Louis Schwartzberg, US, 2019

“Eye-opening eye candy.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Louie Schwartzberg’s informative and kooky documentary offers nothing less than a model for planetary survival.”

New York Times

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