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Ron Mann investigates the miraculous, near-secret world of fungi. Visionaries Gary Lincoff and Larry... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Larry Evans ... Himself
Gary Lincoff ... Himself

Directed by
Ron Mann 
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Ron Mann  writer

Produced by
Bill Imperial .... co-producer
Ron Mann .... producer
Original Music by
The Flaming Lips 
Cinematography by
Andy Keen 
Brian T. Moore 
Film Editing by
Simon Ennis 
Nick Taylor 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nick Taylor .... second unit director
Sound Department
Jenna Dalla Riva .... foley recording assistant
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Heeren .... foley mixer
John Laing .... supervising sound editor
Dale Lennon .... sound effects editor/sound designer
Josh Machado .... sound editor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Rob Ainsley .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Gangpolandmit .... composer: additional music
Guido Luciani .... composer: additional music
Art Mullin .... mixer: original score
Mike Rosnick .... music supervisor
Michael White .... composer: additional music
Sara Driver .... thanks for good advice

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Argentina:74 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | Canada:74 min
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Dolby Digital (35 mm prints)
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Uneasy mix, 27 January 2010
Author: bakers4 from United States

Not such a bad film per se. But confused (see below).

As a nature lover especially fond of fungi, its down side stuck out in various ways. The problem can be summed up thus: this film looks at fungi solely through the lens of a fairly overt "mushroom hippie" sensibility. Especially as celebrated at this particular "alternative" mushroom festival event in Colorado each year (apparently).

I understand (and I'm glad) fungi have their countercultural appeal. It just seemed they were portrayed like a cult fetish and cause for party. I'm totally interested in mushrooms, and have no moral issues about the ones of such great interest in this film (you might catch my drift), or people's personal curiosity about that. But everything has its limit.

In this vein, the film didn't seem to know whether it was mainly about mushrooms, or about the people and groovy festival event. And whether it wanted to be a documentary, or a "message" or propaganda (not as nice a word) film like we see these days (Expelled, What the Bleep, etc etc) -- the cult fetish metaphor again.

"Know Your Mushrooms" (even the title ...) has a 2-word "take home" message display at the end of its final credit, and on the CD box too I see: "End mycophobia." There's a good focus for what I found wrong in this movie.

It sounds like they don't like mycophobia, but what's the beef? One might as well protest fairy tales, the Brothers Grimm. Indeed, mycophobia a time-honored folkloric pattern in English tradition, and not very widespread in other cultures. As such it's worthy of recognition and cultural conservation, I think. But in this film it comes under direct attack as if it were a villain or something bad. True, it is quaint and provincial but, c'mon.

What the film doesn't admit: there are many people in USA who haven't been accidentally poisoned -- for leaving wild mushrooms well enough alone, instead of fooling around with them. If you don't believe that, check into frequency of mushroom poisoning reports from countries in which gathering mushrooms for the meal is common practice. Some mushrooms can be devilishly difficult to identify. And you can get first-hand stories of mushroom poisoning at any amateur mushroom enthusiast club meeting.

So I don't know about what this film's visionaries are thinking. Where's their appreciation for our entire beloved literary tradition of mushrooms as icons of mystery and fear, symbols of decay and decomposition and everything rotten? "Fungi from Yuggoth" by HP Lovecraft, great stuff steeped in mycophobia and superbly so.

So, I was a little disconcerted by this movie's attempt to convince everyone how great fungi are, and get all excited about them. On impression, their secrets may deserve to be defended, just as their habitats need to be conserved. I'd rather this film help preserve our cultural, artistic and literary legacy -- including mycophobia!

But alas, rebellion against tradition for its own sake (maybe?) can be fun, I guess. At least this film likes mushrooms, that I can relate to.

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