Know your Mushrooms
Ron Mann was inspired by a chance conversation with fellow filmmaker and mushroom buff Jim Jarmusch to visit the Telluride Mushroom Festival in Colorado. It gathers a unique sub-culture of nerds, nuts, hipsters, tripsters, artists, cooks, musicians, foodies and searchers to pay homage to the mushroom. Combining material filmed at the festival with animation and archival footage along with a neo-psychedelic soundtrack by the Flaming Lips, KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS takes us on a mind-expanding journey.
Ronald “Ron” Mann is a Canadian documentary film director focusing primarily on Canadian and American alternative and dissent culture. He does most of his work through his company Sphinx Productions, while also running a film distribution company on the side called FilmsWeLike. Among the films he has directed are IMAGINE THE SOUND (1981), COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL (1988), GRASS (1999 - screened at BIFF in 2000), TALES OF THE RAT FINK (2006), KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS (2008) and IN THE WAKE OF THE FLOOD (2010).