Fantastic fungi

Athens Ciné Athens, GA


Anthony Glenn

Research Plant Pathologist with the Toxicology & Mycotoxin Research Unit, USDA


Marin Brewer

Associate Professor of Mycology, Plant Pathology, University of Georgia

Fantastic Fungi— Fantastic fungi: friend and foe

Fungus toxicologist Anthony Glenn and plant pathologist Marin Brewer let us know why the humble mushroom should be both loved and feared.

A pre-show reception features tastings prepared by The National and the CCSD Culinary Arts Program with local mushrooms from UGarden and local vegetables from Collective Harvest.

Presented as part of the 2020 National Week of Science on Screen.

Athens Ciné Athens, GA

Film Synopsis

The magical world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth.

Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals secrets of the universe, and could help save the planet. Now imagine that it’s in the ground beneath your feet. Fantastic Fungi is a journey into the mysterious world of mycelium and mushrooms.

Fantastic Fungi is a vivid journey into the mysterious subterranean world of mycelium and its fruit—the mushroom. A story that begins 3.5 billion years ago, fungi makes the soil that supports life, with its mycelial networks connecting vast systems of roots from plants and trees all over the planet, like an underground internet. Through the eyes of mycologists, like renowned expert Paul Stamets; mushroom enthusiasts, like best-selling author Michael Pollan; and amateur naturalists, like Eugenia Bone, we will learn about the power, beauty, and complexity of the fungi kingdom.