Fantastic Fungi

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  • Tuesday, Jul 23

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Fantastic Fungi

Screening followed by Q&A with executive producer Marcina Hale and public speaker Ethan Abend, moderated by Steve Apkon

Fantastic Fungi is a vivid journey into the mysterious subterranean world of mycelium and its fruit— the mushroom. A story that begins 3.5 billion years ago, fungi makes the soil that supports life, connecting vast systems of roots from plants and trees all over the planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamens, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil, and others, we experience the power, beauty, and complexity of the fungi kingdom. Narrated by Brie Larson, the film is an astonishing blueprint for how the mycelium network connects all humanity and the natural world, offering solutions to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.

"The totality of Fantastic Fungi is so entertaining, informative and appealingly hopeful about the hard-working cure-all for our ailing world lying beneath our feet."
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times


Q&A with executive producer Marcina Hale and public speaker Ethan Abend, moderated by Steven Apkon

Tuesday, Jul. 23 2024, 7:00

  • Marcina Hale LMFT grew up in Ashtabula Ohio, a adventurous tomboy who loved to climb trees, bike, swim, play sports and ponder life. She studied psychology at Ohio University, Media at Long Island University and Systems Therapy (Marriage and Family) at Fairfield University.  She is enamored with the mystery of life and loves to play with what is possible. Marcina is a therapist and film maker who is trained in many modalities from different traditions and who appreciates the collective wisdom of cultures.  She is a License Marriage and Family therapist and also CIIS and MAPS certified in psychedelic work.  She has facilitated conversations and workshops internationally and across the US and has had the honor of co-creating with many amazing people especially the team at Reconsider including the Guardians / Board Members, Wisdom Keepers / Advisory Board and Chacarunas / Bridgers. She is an Executive Producer of Fantastic Fungi, Producer of Disturbing the Peace and is a facilitator for Reconsider workshop experiences, which have been given in the U.S. and internationally. Marcina spoke at TEDxKC Women about how to change the world in which we are living. Marcina’s vision is to catalyst the creation of experiences that evoke thought and conversations that both challenge and inspire a new ways of relating to ourselves and to life itself.
  • Ethan Abend is a retired NYPD detective, having worked in the Nypd’s swat/ rescue unit. Ethan sustained a traumatic brain injury in the line of duty and found healing through plant medicine after trying many standard western healing routes. This has given him first hand knowledge of the healing potential of plant medicine for traumatic brain injuries and trauma. Ethan is a public speaker and advocate of drug policy change and the legalization of plant medicine therapies. He currently consults with federal and state governments, lobbying and advocating for policy change and law. Ethan is a proud husband and father, living with his family in NY.

Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)

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Q&A JBFC Founder Steve Apkon
Friday, Oct. 18 2019, 7:15
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Q&A filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg & Dr. Tony Bossis, NYU Professor and clinical researcher, with JBFC Founder Steve Apkon
Sunday, Oct. 13 2019, 5:00
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Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer, whose notable career spans more than four decades providing breathtaking imagery using his time-lapse, high-speed and macro techniques. His filmmaking credits include the 3D IMAX film Mysteries of the Unseen World with National Geographic, narrated by Forest Whitaker; Wings of Life for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep; and America’s Heart and Soul for Disney. The third season of his Netflix series Moving Art will be premiering in September 2019.

Dr. Tony Bossis, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and a clinical researcher at the NYU Bluestone Center for Clinical Research. He is a co-principal investigator, director of Palliative Care Research, and session guide for the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Research Project. This research is investigating the impact of a psilocybin-facilitated mystical experience upon existential and psycho-spiritual distress in persons with cancer.  

This film is part of the Focus On Nature series.

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