My·co·philia*, loosely translated as the love of all things mushroom!
This 10-15 minute documentary is an invitation to explore the fascinating world of mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest. By attending mushroom forays and fungus festivals, talking to a plethora of individuals from mycologists to artists, business men to locovore chefs, Mycophilia will paint a vivid picture of the secret life of mushrooms and its admirers.
In addition to revealing the multifaceted role mushrooms play in our culture, this film aims to bring awareness to the important ecological functions they perform in our world's ecosystems and in human environments.
This film will premiere in April 2014. Production has already began and will continue with shoots in January and February.
If you feel connected to this project, we would greatly appreciate your involvement. Also if you have any questions or input for the film feel free to contact us!
Lastly, if we surpass our goal, the film will have the resources to be that much better. Particularly, the additional funds will be used to better compensate our crew members and hire a local musician to write an original score for the film.
*Please note this is a working title.
"Myco-sizzle" Credits: A special thanks to the Glacier Institute & their Fall Foray participants, Cathy Cripps, and the Western Montana Mycological Society.
Camera: Eliza Goode, Roshan Patel & Madison McClintock. Editing: Madison McClintock. Music: Waylon Thornton.
Risks and challenges
Following mushroom hunters in the woods can be a dangerous undertaking, with all those low-hanging branches and mossy slopes...No seriously, making a film can be risky business, permits can fall through, interviews can be cancelled, you never know what to expect.
Fortunately I have been hard at work in pre-production preparing Plan Bs, Cs, and even Ds in the off chance things go haywire. Documentary filmmaking requires a great deal of patience and willingness to accept change.The best we can do is prepare for the worst and if I somehow arrive there, it is an opportunity to creatively solve the problem, and who knows, it may result in an amazing turn of events for the film's story!
This film is also a degree requirement for my M.F.A in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. In terms of fulfillment, a final product is due in April 2014, so there will be a final film in April 2014!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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