The fascinating film Fantastic Fungi explores the hidden world of mushrooms and mycelium that thrives underground. It was produced by Louie Schwartzberg, who is also behind Netflix‘s Moving Art nature series, with contributions from a number of specialists in the field, such as the best-selling author Michael Pollan, and others. The film explores the health and environmental benefits that these amazing plants provide with their help.
Sometimes the simplest things are the most difficult for some people to find. Like walking in the woods or fields and enjoying the beauty of nature around us. It seems that nowadays if something doesn’t happen immediately it’s just too much work.
This film takes you on a journey into the world of fungi, showing an aspect that perhaps has gone unnoticed before by society at large: their form, shape, and beauty. They are there watching over us, penetrating our lives in one way or another but yet we continue living as though they didn’t exist. The film shows 19 different species through exclusive cinematography, revealing unknown details about these marvelous organisms which surround us.
Fungi are important for the correct functioning of ecosystems. They represent one of nature’s most effective weapons against pollution, especially toxic substances. Therefore chemical industries have joined forces to limit their presence, even though the creation of genetic manipulations attempts to control them.
The breathtaking time-lapse videos featured in the film offer an up-close look at these fascinating creatures as they bloom and develop within a web of plants and animals. They were filmed in Schwartzberg’s own home studio, using revolutionary exclusive microscopic cameras that disclose at a new level this incredible kingdom that coexists among us but yet remains hidden from view. Despite being part of our lives they continue surprising us every day with new findings thanks to recent advances in biology and technology never before achieved until now.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a child or an adult, everyone is welcome to take part on this journey into the fantastic world of fungi!