Fantastic Fungi, the latest film available to rent online via Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Giant Cinema

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As humans celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, now more than ever, it’s vital to recognize that our connections – to our planet and to one another – can have deep-rooted and long lasting effects on our lives and our collective future.

When so many are struggling for connection, inspiration and hope, Fantastic Fungi, the latest film available to rent online via Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Giant Cinema, brings people together as interconnected creators of our world. This documentary is a great pick for quarantine watch lists as we practice social distancing!

Fantastic Fungi, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes viewers on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can 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, viewers will become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers in response to some of the world’s most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges. Fantastic Fungi is $4.99 to rent online. 

Read what critics are saying:

  • “Schwartzberg’s film quickly proves to be one of the year’s most mind-blowing, soul-cleansing and yes, immensely entertaining triumphs.” — Matt Fagerholm,
  • “A charming blend of science and conjecture, FANTASTIC FUNGI wants to free your mind.” — Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
  • “Do not miss “Fantastic Fungi,” one of the most beautifully powerful and intellectually stimulating films of the year and perhaps even the decade.” — Pamela Powell, Reel Honest Reviews

Special screenings and educational films at The Rangos Giant Cinema are presented by Green Mountain Energy.


About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.

Accessibility: Features for All
Carnegie Science Center welcomes all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and in supporting equal access to services, programs, and activities. We welcome visitors in wheelchairs on the deck of our USS Requin (SS 481) submarine. Below-deck visits require full mobility. Hearing assistance devices are available for The Rangos Giant Cinema. Please ask when you buy your ticket.
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About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. In 2019, the museums reached more than 1.4 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.