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Know Your Mushrooms (2008)

 -  Documentary  -  April 2009 (USA)
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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 »

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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

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Conventional documentary
30 March 2009 | by (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

I saw this documentary yesterday on the BAFICI (Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival) with the presence of Mann.

He told us that Jim Jarmusch (who is keen on mushrooms) suggested him to do this movie, which he did with a very reduced budget. My opinion is that he was not very interested on making the movie, he become interested while he was doing it, thats why I think he does not have a clear point of view about the subject, he is just a witness.

It contains testimonies from mushroom experts, scenes from the mushroom festival in Colorado, extracts from old educational films and old cartoons which make references to mushrooms (just like on his previous work "Grass"). He covers different mushroom purposes (for cooking, for tripping, for medicine, for environmental benefits) without dragging very deep into each one, it just give you a general and superficial outlook.


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