Fantasti Fungi: The Mushroom Film Screens DAILY @ The Tull Family Theater

Friday, February 28, 2020 | 6:56 AM

What is it about mushrooms? With extraordinary interest across the region for Fantastic Fungi (NR), a sold-out show last Thursday for the kick-off of The Tull Family Theater’s Science on Screen®  series, and interest building even stronger since,  the Theater has now added daily shows of this eye-popping and informative film.

The film promises not to disappoint—and features mycologist, entrepreneur, scientist and Columbiana, Ohio, native Paul Stamets.

Simply put by the Hollywood Reporter: “Eye-opening eye candy.”

This “delightfully kooky documentary, Fantastic Fungi, offers nothing less than a model for planetary survival,” declares the New York Times.

On Sunday, the Science on Screen combination of speaker and film encores with Richard Jacob, who will introduce the film and share resources for current and would-be mushroomers.

As a scientist, Jacob identifies and quantifies proteins and peptides. His work has taken him from his hometown of Cambridge, England, to Germany and the U.S. After finding morels growing in his Pittsburgh backyard, he joined the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club to learn more. Like many mushroomers discover, this new hobby complements his cooking and photography hobbies. Recently, Jacob used his scientific background to pioneer the club’s DNA barcoding project. Past president of the club, Jacob will introduce the Sunday, March 1, Fantastic Fungi screening at noon.

Science on Screen, a program at The Tull Family Theater and 36 other art houses around the nation, is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The full schedule of the series is on the Theater’s website and newsroom.

Groups of 10 or more will receive the discounted rate of $8.75 per person, regardless of age, and are asked to coordinate with the Box Office, 412.259.8542 or

Directions, tickets and showtimes are online at

See for yourself what patrons of all ages have been raving about!