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Fantastic FungiBy Louie Schwartzberg

In a Nutshell

From director Louie Schwartzberg comes Fantastic Fungi, a documentary using stunning time-lapse photography to explore the mysteries of fungi, their importance within the natural world, and their potential benefits to us.

Favorite quote

Brain neurons, mycelium, the computer internet, the organization of the universe, all share the same archetype.

Paul Stamets, mycologist

Introduction

Some can be found on pizza, some are worth thousands, and some are completely illegal. But what is it that makes mushrooms so diverse, so mysterious, and so powerful?

Louie Schwartzberg is known for nature documentaries like Wings of Life, exploring the lives of butterflies, bees, and bats. In Fantastic Fungi, Schwartzberg uses his signature time-lapse photography to study the amazing mushrooms, yeasts, and molds thriving all around us, with narration from actor Brie Larson.

Through interviews with scientists, researchers, and more, Fantastic Fungi walks us through our history with these strange organisms, their surprising similarities to us, and what we could learn from them. This is a visually stunning exploration of an often-overlooked form of life.

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