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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.

Full Review… | June 12, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A playfully informative look at various types of fleshy fungi and the folks who avidly consume them.

Full Review… | March 31, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
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.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
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.

Full Review… | January 17, 2010
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | January 10, 2010

Audience Reviews for Know Your Mushrooms

Anyone have any Swiss Chalet?

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

yum yum! eccentric people informing all about the essentials of eating mushrooms. From identifying the edible mushrooms you can find in the forest, compared to the toxic and deadly, the hallucinating kinds which can enhance a journey into enlightment, to the famous Shitake mushrooms that are known to fight cancer cells.

J Lettieri
J Lettieri

Informative and surprisingly entertaining look at mushrooms, psychedelia, and fungi culture. Ron Man is a mastert at making doumentaries on esoteric subjects.

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