Fantastic Fungi

81 mins.
Directed by Louie Schwartzberg
NR
2019
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Tue, 3/24

FANTASTIC FUNGI is a vivid journey into the mysterious subterranean world of mycelium and its fruit—the mushroom.

A story that begins 3.5 billion years ago, fungi makes the soil that supports life, connecting vast systems of roots from plants and trees all over the planet.

Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamens, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil, and others, we experience the power, beauty, and complexity of the fungi kingdom.

Narrated by Brie Larson, the film is an astonishing blueprint for how the mycelium network connects all humanity and the natural world, offering solutions to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.


Science on Screen: Compelling films paired with lively talks by experts in science, technology and medicine.

Topic: Mushroom cultivating and foraging, and cooking with wild mushrooms.

Speakers: Paul Lagreze and Elijah Lagreze of New England Wild Edibles.

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.