You know, there's a lot of fear because of fungi its role in the cycle of life. They decompose dead and dying organisms and move all those nutrients back into the soil. They're kind of are at the very end of stuff, but they're also at the beginning.
There's no way to separate every aspect of my life. From the fungi. They are in everything I do. They're in every intention. And they're also in every unconscious happening all the time. We're not separate, right? Well, they're everywhere. They're on every continent. Largest organisms on the planet. Yeah, they're inside of you. They're under your feet.
...fascinating, informative, educational and totally entertaining.
Comparing the internet with mycorrhizal networks is an interesting point A lot of people do compare mycorrhizal networks on the internet, but there's some big differences. First of all in mycorrhizal networks, you have trees and fungi. And then the question is do the trees connect the fungi together or do the fungi connect the trees together, are you a Myco-centrist, someone who puts the funghi in the middle, or a fighter, essentially someone who puts the plants in the middle. But the internet analogy, when we have the internet, we have human agents or servers connected with wires, the connections themselves are passive. They are not themselves living creatures. But with the fungal networks, the connections ARE living. They're either a tree connecting to fungi or a fungus connecting to trees. And so we have a system that's much more complicated than the internet because you have agents connecting agents connecting agents. And so the internet likeness is there on a superficial level, but I think the fungal networks are very much more complex.
Captain Marvel ain't got nothing on fungi.
Louie Schwartzberg’s lightly informative, delightfully kooky documentary, “Fantastic Fungi,” offers nothing less than a model for planetary survival.
With climate change, we're really losing places like the old growth forest, which has the most diversity of fungi. And so we need to be going out there, now, today. There is a sense of urgency to this story, we need to be understanding the importance of identifying and making sure that we can preserve fungal diversity now, before it's too late.
As researchers describe the workings of vast underground networks of mycelium, the filmmakers offer CG that is just as polished as the time-lapse, and more colorful. It’s spookily beautiful, even, especially when envisioning what lies unseen beneath old-growth forests.
If you saw that review we got in the Washington Post, they said what was a cult hit back in the fall is now more mind blowing than ever. Because the film talks about connection and right now we have social distancing. The film talks about shared economies under the ground where ecosystems flourish without greed and that relates to what's going on, I think, with the protests. And it's beautiful that we can kind of mirror nature's intelligence and have it be a metaphor for what we're going through right now, without being prescriptive in terms of telling people how to behave or how to vote. But this this is how nature works. Right? And it works. The optically, it works efficiently. It works for the greater good.
He makes mushrooms look totally sexy as they explode into “sporegasms,” releasing their reproductive bits into the environment.
The task that we face today is to understand the language of Nature. My mission is to discover the language of nature; of the fungal networks that communicate with the ecosystem. And I believe nature is intelligent.
“Fantastic Fungi is a film that is rife with hope and joy.”
If you’ve never thought much about fungi before, prepare to be amazed. You’ll be awed by Schwartzberg’s remarkable time-lapse images. His passion for fungi is written into every fibre of the film and it’s infectious.
Schwartzberg’s film quickly proves to be one of the year’s most mind-blowing, soul-cleansing and yes, immensely entertaining triumphs.
Gorgeous photography! Time-lapse sequences of mushrooms blossoming forth could pass for studies of exotic flowers growing on another planet.
… Mind-Blowing Science…
Mushrooms are the new superheroes, as Brie Larson dreamily narrates over what is not a new Marvel epic but rather a documentary of epic proportions.
Fantastic Fungi makes the case that the answers to disease, anxiety, depression and global warming might be found underfoot. And they’re tasty to boot.
...a must see for anyone interested in life, death and the pursuit of the planet’s well-being.
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