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Know Your Mushrooms (2008)

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Award-winning filmmaker Ron Mann (Grass, Comic Book Confidential) investigates the miraculous world of fungi with this documentary shot largely at the Telluride Mushroom Festival in Colorado. It was during a conversation with his friend Jim Jarmusch that Mann first learned of the bizarre sub-culture surrounding the mushroom, and once his interest was peaked there was no turning back. Some of the oldest and largest living organisms on the planet are fungi, but where did mushrooms come from, and could they hold secrets that we've yet to discover? Recently, a new breed of maverick scientists have made the claim that mushrooms possess the power to cleanse sites corroded by toxins, and that they could be used as a "clean" pesticide among other things. By traveling to the Telluride Mushroom Festival and speaking with festival president Gary Lincoff, as well as numerous other mycophiles (mushroom aficionados) who frequent the event, Mann reveals why the popular fungus has emerged to become one of our greatest mysteries. A neo-psychedelic soundtrack by The Flaming Lips and campy clips from such features as Attack of the Mushroom People keeps the mood whimsical as Mann explores every wonderful facet of the mushroom kingdom.

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Critic Reviews for Know Your Mushrooms

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Another delightful exploration of well-chosen subject matter that's more richly fascinating than you might first expect.

June 12, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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A playfully informative look at various types of fleshy fungi and the folks who avidly consume them.

March 31, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
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As with all of Mann's films, his enthusiasm is infectious. He comes to praise mushrooms, not to bury them, and long may his frying pan sizzle.

January 30, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
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Like Calvin Trillin in print, or Errol Morris on screen, [director Ron] Mann has the knack of generating fascination where none seemed to exist, of carving intrigue from an apparently non-intriguing topic -- okay, a measure of intrigue anyway.

January 30, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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Its fun to be completely absorbed in a subculture like this, and Lincoff, Evans and co. make no apologies for relishing every minute of it.

January 17, 2010 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
Movie Metropolis

... a highly entertaining trip through the facts and fictions of fungi, from ancient culture to counter-culture to epicurean treat.

January 10, 2010 | Full Review…
Seanax.com

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Anyone have any Swiss Chalet?

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