Fantastic Fungi

Fri, 07/02/2021 (All day) - Fri, 07/09/2021 (All day)

Dir. Louie Schwartzberg / 2019 / 81 min

While we can't currently gather in person, you can see new documentary films from home and support DCTV through our Virtual Cinema.

    “offers nothing less than a model for planetary survival” – The New York Times

Film Synopsis

When so many are struggling for connection, inspiration and hope, Fantastic Fungi brings us together as interconnected creators of our world. It is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.

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Instagram Live Conversation

More Than Magic: Destigmatizing Mushrooms - Wed 7/7 12pm ET

They’re poisonous. They're hallucinogenic. They’re not to be trusted. Or are they? On Wed 7/7 at 12pm ET on Instagram Live @DCTVny, we’ll be joined by fellow New Yorkers to dispel myths and offer new perspectives on how folks are foraging for and healing from mushrooms right within our city.

Candace Thompson (all pronouns accepted) is a human being who collaborates with soil, plants, microbes, fungi, animals, food, land, digital media and other human beings in the search for healing, resilience and mutualism as we face the climate crisis. Their project, The Collaborative Urban Resilience Banquet (C.U.R.B.) uses citizen science, non-human storytelling and foraged community meals to unpack the complexities of edible urban ecosystems and imagine a future where the streets are 'clean enough to eat off of'. They are also the Manager of Solar 1's Stuyvesant Cove Park, a two-acre native food forest in lower Manhattan where the public is encouraged to forage from clean land atop a former industrial site. You can read their recent 2-part essay, The Internet is a Fungus, at Signal House Edition.

Chloe Zimmerman is an artist, writer, and educator engaging with ecologies, documentary poetics and collaborative learning and making across disciplines. She founded and facilitated the Mycological Research Playgroup, a research and production group for artists to learn about and with fungi, and, with Lucia Monge and Christopher Kennedy, co-created Fruiting Bodies, an experiment using community science, sculpture and ritual to explore fungal inoculation, mycoremediation and social exchange. She also facilitates mycelial de/composition workshops, collaborative zine-making workshops inspired by the extracellular digestion of fungi. Chloe teaches creative practices in spaces that have included a community biology lab, a floating food forest, public libraries and parks, Wendy’s Subway, Mono No Aware, MoMA, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the Queens Museum’s New New Yorkers Program. Chloe was a Collaborative Fellow at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, and is currently an MFA candidate at Brown University.

This DCTV Presents event is presented as part of Science on Screen®: an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


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