Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals secrets of the universe and could help save the planet. Fantastic Fungi is a revelatory time-lapse journey, from 2019 Maui Film Festival Visionary Award honoree and director Louie Schwartzberg, about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago. Better yet, you’ll see it through the eyes of mycologists, like renowned Paul Stamets talking about the unlimited potential of fungi in the fields of food, medicine, expanding consciousness, bioremediation, neurogenesis and treating end-of-life anxiety. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The PhilaEnviroFilmFest proudly curates shorts programs for several of the city’s best-attended outdoor summer film series, reaching tens of thousands of millennials and young families. In 2020 the Festival screened entertaining shorts about sustainability at the Cherry Street Pier and the Food Trust’s Night Market (sponsored by The Delaware River Waterfront Corp.), as well as at Food & Flicks Fridays at Eakins Oval (sponsored by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy). It’s a powerful way to inspire and educate thousands of young Philadelphians about ways we can care for our planet!
The Festival partners with local cultural and educational institutions to help bring top-notch new environmental films, directors, and experts to Philadelphia. In support of the U.N. Climate Summit in September 2019, the Festival presented a one-night-only exclusive screening of the stunning new film ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPIC to a sold-out crowd, in partnership with The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The screening — part of a coordinated nationwide campaign –was followed by a lively panel discussion moderated by WHYY.
In 2018 and 2017, the Festival brought to Philadelphia the INTERNATIONAL OCEAN FILM TOUR, screening the year’s best ocean adventure and environmental documentaries.