Documentary 'Fantastic Fungi' Returns to Esquire Theatre For Encore Screenings By Popular Demand

Narrated by Brie Larson, the documentary explores the magical world of fungi

click to enlarge Documentary 'Fantastic Fungi' Returns to Esquire Theatre For Encore Screenings By Popular Demand
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The Esquire Theatre is bringing back the documentary Fantastic Fungi: The Magic Beneath Us for screenings on Jan. 9  at 7 p.m. and on Jan. 31 (time TBA). The return engagement is by popular demand after two successful screenings in December. 

Narrated by Brie Larson (yes, that Brie), the 97-minute-long film unveils the wonders of fungi’s unbound potential with the aid of expert mycologists, farmers, physicians, ecologists and writers.

Portobello, cremini, shiitake — there are hundreds of mighty mushroom varieties, and they’re capable of greater feats than simply adding umami to your dinner plate.

Connected to every earth-bound organism through a vast underground network, the humble ‘shroom has the power to feed, medicate, solve ecological problems and alter human consciousness itself. "Certified Fresh" by critics and audiences alike on Rotten Tomatoes, The New York Times's Jeannette Catsoulis calls this Louie Schwartzberg-directed doc "lightly informative" and "delightfully kooky." 

If nothing else, go for Schwartzberg’s stunning time-lapse cinematography of alienesque fungi emerging from forest floors in bursts of technicolor and texture.

5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29. $10.25 adult; $7.75 senior/child. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, esquiretheatre.com.

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