SUMMIT, NJ - The Film Society of Summit is partnering with Farm & Fork Society to host two screenings of 'Fantastic Fungi: The Mushroom Movie' on January 24 and 31. A panel discussing will follow each showing.
Directed by Louie Schwartzberg and written by Mark Monroe, who won a Best Documentary Oscar for 'The Cove', the film tells the story of the importance that fungi and mushrooms play as the digestive force and 'internet' of the plant world. In addition to the dynamic cinematography, the documentary includes interviews with author Michael Pollan, science and food writer Eugenia Bone, and alternative medicine doctor Andrew Weil. Actress Brie Larsen narrates, and mycologist Paul Stamets explains the importance of fungi and their vegetative part, known as mycelium.
This visually stunning film amazes with time-lapse footage of mushrooms fruiting and opening our eyes to the more than 1.5 million species of fungi including yeasts, molds and mushrooms. The film teaches how important fungi and mushrooms play in binding the world together.
After the screenings, there will be a panel discussion led by Melissa Goldberg of Farm & Fork Society. On January 24, the panel will include Dan Lipow, master forager and owner of The Foraged Feast, and Kyle Buller, whose near-death experience as a teenager led him to study transpersonal psychology, holotropic breathwork and host a podcast called Psychedelics Today. On January 31, Dan Lipow will return to join Matt Emmer of Field Trip Health.
The January 24 screening will take place, beginning at 7 p.m., at MONDO, located at 426 Springfield Avenue, while the January 31 event will take placem starting at 10:30 a.m., at the Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue.
Tickets are priced at $15 -- $17 at the door -- and can be purchased by visiting summitfilmsociety.com.