2009 / 73 mins
Written, Produced &
Directed by: Ron Mann
Editors: Nick Taylor, Simon Ennis
Original Music: The Flaming Lips
Cinematography: Brian T. Moore & Andy Keen
Mushrooms – we put them on our pizza and steaks and in our soups and salads, we marvel at their variety and are sometimes repelled by their grotesque beauty when encountering them in the bush. And yeah, some have even sampled their more exotic possibilities and asked the question: “Do mushrooms come from a far away planet?”
Still, others have asked: “Can mushrooms save the planet?”
￼The world of fungi and their integral relationship with the health of the planet have only recently been appreciated. The oldest and largest living organisms recorded on Earth are both fungi. And their use by a new, maverick breed of scientists and thinkers has proven vital in the cleansing of sites despoiled by toxins and as a “clean” pesticide among many other environmentally-friendly applications.
￼Inspired by a chance conversation with fellow filmmaker and mushroom buff Jim Jarmusch, Mann set off to the annual Telluride Mushroom Festival in Colorado. It was there he encountered the unique sub-sub-subculture surrounding fungi that includes an unlikely assortment of nerds, nuts, hipsters, tripsters, artists, chefs, musicians, foodies, foragers, and seekers all paying homage to the mighty mushroom.
￼KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS follows uber myco visionaries Gary Lincoff and Larry Evans (two of the more expert and unforgettably mercurial characters in the community) as they lead us on a hunt for the wild mushroom and the deeper cultural experiences attached to the mysterious fungi.
Combining material filmed at the Telluride Mushroom Fest with animation and archival footage along with a neo-psychedelic soundtrack by the Flaming Lips, KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS opens the doors to perception, takes the audience on a longer, stranger trip and delivers them to a brave new world where the fungi might well guide humanity to a saner, safer place… with extra cheese…
CONSUMER WARNING: Don’t Go Into The Forest Without This Movie!
The Royal, Toronto Premiere - Jan 30, 31, Feb 2 & 3, 2009
Know Your Mushrooms Fundraiser - Jan 31, 2009
Downward Dog Yoga @ 735 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor
Special Guests : Ron Mann (Director "Know Your Mushrooms"), Ron Obadia and Nadine Artemis (Living Libations) plus more to be announced.
Tickets: $25/ More Info!
Sponsored by Downward Dog Yoga Centres, Living Libations & filmswelike.
The Carlton Cinema, Toronto, Opens Feb. 6, 2009
Victoria Film Festival, Feb. 1 & 7, 2008
Plaza Cinema, Calgary, opening Fri. Feb 13, Nightly @ 9:10pm, Tues & Thur @ 5:15pm
Plaza Cinema, Calgary, Feb. 13-19, Nightly @ 9:15 + Mats Fri, Tues & Thurs @ 5:15
Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa, March 6 - 10 *Special screening of GRASS on March 10
Haida Gwaii Film Festival, B.C, March 6 - 8
Cinematheque Winnipeg, March 13, 14, 15
Bloor Cinema, March 16 & 17
SXSW Film Festival, March 13, 9:30pm, The Alamo Ritz, Austin, TX
Cinema du Parc, Montreal, March 23 - April 2 @ 9pm
Cinecenta, Victoria, March 25 & 26,
Buenos Aires Film Festival, March 25 - April 5
New Port Beach Film Festival - March 23 - 30
Princess Cinema, Waterloo, April 1 & 2
The Vancity, Vancouver - April 3 - 6
Webster Film Series, St. Louis, MO: May 1 - 3
Toronto Freedom Festival: May 2, Queens Park North, 5pm
The Mycological Society of San Francisco is pleased to sponsor the San Francisco Bay Area premiere of the film documentary "Know Your Mushrooms" at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Opening night will be Friday May the 8th and it will run for at least one week.
Mountianview Film Festival, Telluride, CO: May 22 - 25
Seattle International Film Festival, May 21 - June 14
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle: Opens May 13
Metro Cinema, Edmonton: May 10 - 13
2009 Mountianville Film Festival, Telluride: May 22 - 25
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Telluride: May 22 - 28
Seattle International Film Festival, Friday, May 29 @ 9:30 pm, Pacific Place Cinemas 11 & Sunday, May 31 @ 1:30 pm, Uptown Theater
Downtown Independent, Los Angeles: Opens June 12
Zeitgeist Film Centre, New Orleans: June 12 - 18
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle: June 13 - 19
Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, NY: June 24, 26 & 29
Regina Public Library, Regina: June 27 & 28
Munich Film Festival, Germany: July 3 & 4
Maine International Film Festival: July 10 - 19
The Hollywood, Portland, OR: July 17, 18, 19, 25 & 26
Alamo Ritz, Austin, TX: July 29
Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY: Sept. 2
Ragtag Cinema, Columbia, MO: July 10 - 17
The Lyric, Ft. Collins, CO: July 9 - 16
Denver Film Society at the Starz FilmCenter: Aug. 20th, Special Preview event
Sunday, August 23 – 5:00pm, Mycologist Gary Lincoff IN-PERSON
Exclusive Denver Engagement continues Aug 28 – Sept 3
Telluride Mushroom Festival: August 27- 30, 2009
Friday, Aug. 28th, 8:30pm
Saturday, Aug. 29th, 10:30pm
Possible Worlds, Sydney's Canadian Film Festival, Fri Aug 22, 8:30pm, The Red Rattler
Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY: Sept 2
Cordova Alaska Fungus Festival: Sept 2
Wilma Theatre, Missoula, Montana: Sept 11
Idaho International Film Festival: Sept 24th - 27th
Cinefest Sudbury: Sept 20, 3:30pm
Siskel Film Center, Chicago: Sept 28, 29 & Oct 1
25th Warsaw International Film Festival: Oct 9-18, 2009
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