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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!

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    Eternal gratitude and a public thanks on the Mycophilia: A Film Facebook page! If you send us your full name and picture we'll also include you in our "Supporters" photo album.

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    Grazie! Put on your chef's hat because you're making mushroom risotto! Receive a .pdf version of Madison's Morel Risotto recipe in addition to the rewards from the previous tier.

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    Merci Beaucoup! Tired of your old computer wallpapers? Receive a set of six digital wallpapers of beautiful macro images of various wild fungi from the film taken by yours truly. Plus the rewards from the previous tiers.

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    You're the bee's knees! Watch the film online the moment it's released - you will receive a personal email with a private link to view the film online - in addition to the rewards from the previous tiers.

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    You = awesome. Me = grateful. See your name in the credits of the film for your generous contribution AND receive a DVD of Mycophilia so you can get lost in the world of mushrooms whenever you want! Plus the rewards from the previous tiers.

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    You can’t see me but I’m totally doing a happy dance...Thank you!!

    Receive a 18" by 24" one of a kind watercolor painting of the mushroom goddess. You can even choose the color palette! PLUS all the rewards from the previous tiers.

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    Cha-ching! You are an Associate Producer! Receive A.P. credit in the film and have your name go down in Mycophilia history.Madison will also meet with you in person or over Skype to thank you personally and...talk about the subject of your very OWN 1-2 minute short! Give me your ideas and I'll make you your very own movie. PLUS receive the rewards from the previous tiers.

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    Hello, I didn't see you there EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. Thank you! Be credited as an executive producer and be apart of the test audience. Receive a password-protected link to a version of the fine cut and give me your feedback. No guarantees on edits but your opinion is much appreciated! PLUS the rewards from the previous tiers EXCEPT the A.P. credit, why be an associate when you can be an EXECUTIVE?

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