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A young girl takes refuge in her imagination when her mother is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Kickstarter Campaign: "Fantastic Fungi"

"Fantastic Fungi," an ambitious and beautifully lensed documentary directed by Louis Schwartzberg is seeking to raise $100,000 in its Kickstarter campaign ending Saturday, April 11th. The film aims to illustrate the importance of mycelium, the root structure underneath budding mushrooms, and its vital role in transferring nutrients. "It can heal you, it can feed you, it can clean up a toxic oil spill and it can even shift your consciousness," says Schwartzberg in the film's enticing, three-minute pitch video. Mycelium can also play a crucial role in saving the planet, a theory explored by a variety of experts, including the acclaimed mycologist and author Paul Stamets, brother of Chicago Sun-Times film freelancer Bill Stamets.

"Nature has been experimenting with fungi for a billion years, perfecting a lot of powerful survival tools" said Paul. "We can use these tools in fantastic waysto revive damaged ecosystems, to help offset global warming and even to prevent diseases."

For more information on the film and its campaign, visit its official Kickstarter page. Below is an engaging video of Paul speaking about how mushrooms "can save bees and our food supply," not to mention make excellent hats.

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