Ron Mann investigates the miraculous, near-secret world of fungi. Visionaries Gary Lincoff and Larry Evans lead us on a hunt for the wild mushroom and the deeper cultural experiences ... See full summary »
Ron Mann investigates the miraculous, near-secret world of fungi. Visionaries Gary Lincoff and Larry Evans lead us on a hunt for the wild mushroom and the deeper cultural experiences attached to the mysterious fungi. The oldest and largest living organisms recorded on Earth are both fungi. And their use by a new, maverick breed of scientists and thinkers has proven vital in the cleansing of sites despoiled by toxins and as a "clean" pesticide, among many other environmentally friendly applications. Combining material filmed at the Telluride Mushroom Fest with animation and archival footage, along with a neo-psychedelic soundtrack by The Flaming Lips, this film opens the doors to perception, taking the audience on an extraordinary trip. Written by
Warsaw Film Festival
I had been hoping this would be more than a primer - it didn't rise above the entry level, but that is OK because I think it was intended for newbies, not aficionados.
All the same, kind of fun and innocuous, unless seeing folks ingesting psylocybin is a turn-off. The factoid shroom was amusing, even if it did resemble low-key PBS early morning children's viewing stylings.
I would highly recommend a follow-up attempt as mycophobia in America is endemic. Go for more identification of edible species, highlight more of the "eat these and die a terribly horrible death" shrooms, include a section exclusively for the psychoactive shroom examples (c'mon, they mentioned amanita muscaria without sharing about the various types of amanitas in the wild nor did they clearly state - PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN EATING THIS VARIETY).
A good attempt that generally informs and entertains and they surely left plenty of room for others to do it even better - where are you Discovery Channel?
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