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Know Your Mushrooms -- From the award-winning director of COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL, GRASS, GO FURTHER and a host of paradigm-shifting films reappraising the backwaters of popular culture, Ron Mann investigates the miraculous, near-secret world of fungi with his newest piece


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Larry Evans ... Himself
Gary Lincoff ... Himself

Directed by
Ron Mann 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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
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
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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10 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Amateurish and disappointing, 28 December 2009
Author: rocketsmith from Boulder, CO

Let's start with the cinematography. I think this might have been shot on a couple of cellphone cameras by camera operators who had drunk a few gallons of coffee. The shakiness of the image is nausea-inducing, even on a small screen. I pity anyone who had to see this in a movie theater.

The historic stock footage of mushrooms and how they are portrayed in pop culture is the most interesting part of the film, but only makes up a tiny percentage of the movie.

A great deal of screen time is spent on loud music and pointless cheesy computer animations.

The mushroom hunters who converge on the Telluride Mushroom festival are portrayed as insane drugged out hippies, rather than the knowledgeable scientists many of them are.

The editing is random and pointless (kind of like this scattered review that I am writing) and has no narrative thrust. It's just a bunch of random crap strung together, with "Fun With Fungi" factoids popping up every couple of minutes like out of some bad PBS children's TV show, interspersed with shaky footage from the mushroom festival and the previously mentioned stock footage.

As a mushroom fanatic, I really wanted to like this documentary, since there are so few programs out there about fungi. I wish I could recommend this program, but I can't.

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