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Sat, Aug 20


The Backlot Cinema

FANTASTIC FUNGI: Grateful Greens Documentary Series

Join us in our outdoor cinema for a new collaboration focusing on films about sustainable food systems, co-presented with local partner Grateful Greens. Before the film will be an epic multi-course culinary-art experience inspired by the film created by Collar City Mushrooms.

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FANTASTIC FUNGI: Grateful Greens Documentary Series
FANTASTIC FUNGI: Grateful Greens Documentary Series

Time & Location

Aug 20, 2022, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

The Backlot Cinema, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA

About the event

FANTASTIC FUNGI (2019, 80 mins). Delve into a time-lapse journey 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. When so many are struggling for connection, inspiration and hope, Fantastic Fungi brings us together as interconnected co-creators of our world. Directed by Louie Schwartzberg, this uplifting documentary is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can potentially heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.

For a multi-sensorial experience of the film, join us for a unique culinary adventure featuring plant-based, mushroom-forward cuisine inspired by: FANTASTIC FUNGI, the award-winning documentary screening in our Backlot Cinema after the Pop-up Dinner.

This film screening is the first in an ongoing series that focuses on documentaries that address food systems paired with culinary experiences curated by Grateful Greens.

Our Partners:

Grateful Greens

Based here in Brattleboro Vermont, Grateful Greens uses creative, low impact, indoor farming technology that utilizes solar, rainwater, eco-friendly systems, and Love. They grow sunflower microgreens in a nutrient-rich organic soil mix with organic seeds to create healthy, tasty, and extraordinarily nutritious and sustainable vegetables. Grateful Greens strives to strengthen local food systems and relieve our dependence on resource intensive farming or shipping produce from distant lands. To do this, they use a high-efficiency, soil-based technology that replicates the ideal growing conditions for these crops. This indoor, and all natural, growing technique provides healthy food as well as a healthier local food system. Improving the way we produce food can enable any community to provide healthy, tasty food for itself in any climate or situation, all year long. Their work is as much about nourishment as it is movement!

Collar City Mushrooms is an indoor urban vertical mushroom farm, mycological education center, and community gathering space in Troy, New York. They opened their doors in February of 2021 and have been providing delicious gourmet mushrooms to local restaurants, independent markets, and individual customers that stop in the retail shop. Mushrooms are a versatile ingredient that comes in a variety of tastes, textures, and appearances and can be prepared in innumerable ways.  Roast, fry, smoke, stew, sautee, simmer, or grill, mushrooms can do it all and Collar City Mushrooms loves to show you how!


  • Backlot Cinema Ticket

    Admission for one to FANTASTIC FUNGI. Please choose your seating with respect for others and let us know if you require special arrangements. $2 from every ticket goes directly towards the historic preservation of the venue. Thank you for your support! Popcorn and refreshments are provided. Enjoy the program!

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  • Equity & Inclusion Ticket

    Tickets for this event are $12. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, subsidized tickets are available for those who self-identify as experiencing financial hardship. In order to make this program accessible for all, we are offering tickets by sliding scale. Taking equity and inclusion into account, please pay what you can to help support the artists and venue.

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  • Pay It Forward Ticket

    I would like to add a donation to my ticket to express my support and appreciation of the adventurous and intellectually engaging programs at Epsilon Spires. Thank you & keep up the good work!

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