It's not something we set out to do, but we've carved out something of a mushroom beat for ourselves. We've written about mushrooms at Chernobyl, a rennaissance mycologist, the medical magic of mushrooms, an annual Russian mushroom hunt, and clandestine mushroom harvests in America's protected forests.
Now there is a movie about mushrooms, and it seems to play right to our sweet spot. The trailer for Know Your Mushrooms tells us little, but it's beautiful:
The film's website is less coy:
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, Rob 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.
(Thanks, The Fader.)