Cascade Mycological Society Presents “The Creeping Garden” on Thursday, October 22
Special Limited Engagement – One Night Only – Thursday, October 22 at 9:15 pm
Directed by Jasper Sharp, Tim Grabham
Documentary – 2015 – USA – 81 Minutes – Unrated
Tickets: $8 Advance/$10 Door
Bijou Art Cinemas
492 East 13th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401 541-686-2458
Kick off the start of our Mushroom Adventure Weekend with this award-winning feature.
The Creeping Garden is a feature-length creative documentary exploring the work of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists, and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mould.
The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction.
But as well as exploring the slime mould in the lab, the film also travels out into the wild, hunting for the organisms in their natural habitat.
Co-directed by artist film-maker Tim Grabham and writer and film curator Jasper Sharp, the film follows in the unconventional footsteps of Grabham’s previous feature ‘KanZeOn’ and Sharps fascination with the extended world of mycology.
With an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Werner Herzog’s ‘Grizzly Man’) this is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, observing and immersing the audience into the worlds of the observers and the observed.
“A vibrant cinematic cabinet of curiosities that will leave you giddy and delirious with wonder.”
— Eli Horwatt, Hot Docs International Documentary Festival
“Stupendously fascinating and individualistic documentary masterpiece… see it and be forever altered.”
— Mitch Davis, Fantasia International Film Festival
“The movie hums as if it was shot by aliens visiting Earth for the first time, and that’s a high compliment.”
— Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian
“An out-of-left-field nerdy delight.”
— John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
“Imagine if Stanley Kubrick and Douglas Trumbull were tasked with making a 1970s educational science film about the pods from Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers and you’re some way to understanding The Creeping Garden.”
— James Marsh, Twitchfilm
“An enthralling delve into the world of plasmodial slime moulds… A unique documentary to be sure.”
— Mark Adams, Screen International
Jasper Sharp is an author, filmmaker, critic and curator based in London. Internationally regarded for his work on Japanese cinema, he is the co-founder of the Midnight Eye website. His book publications include The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film (2003), joint-authored with Tom Mes, Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema (2008) and The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema (2011). As well as possessing a keen amateur interest in mycology, his research interests include the history of production and exhibition technologies, and has a PhD in ‘Japanese Widescreen Cinema: Commerce, Technology and Aesthetics’.
Tim Grabham is a filmmaker, visual artist and animator based in London. His background of music performance recording and composition is instrumental in the approach, subject matter and audio aesthetics of his work. After 10 years of live visual and analogue projection installations and experiments across the UK and Europe, he established the independent studio ‘cinema iloobia’ www.iloobia.com in 2003. As well as directing short films and editing feature documentaries including Bassweight (2010), the award-winning Soka Afrika (2011) and The Fade (2013), he has made KanZeOn (2011), a sensory exploration of sound in Japan co-directed Neil Cantwell.