Aquidneck Community Table is partnering with The Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center to bring the exciting new film narrated by Brie Larson, Fantastic Fungi, The Magic Beneath Us, back to Newport, next Monday evening, December 16. Maui Film Festival Visionary Award Honoree and Director Louie Schwartz will be joining the audience for a Q & A via Skype following the screening. 

Last month’s sold out event was met with rave reviews and an enthusiastic audience. The film takes viewers on a visual journey through the magical world of fungi with the help of mycologist Paul Stamets and best-selling author, Michael Pollan, among others. Moviegoers will gain an in-depth understanding of the underground network of fungi and a renewed hope in the healing benefits for self and planet. 

Aquidneck Growers Market vendor Rhode Island Mushroom Company will also supply Stoneacre Brasserie with a variety of mushrooms for an encore special event menu including: Local Mushroom Consomme, Stuffed Mushrooms, Oyster Mushrooms with Forbidden Black Rice & Romesco, Truffled Mushroom Toast with Arugula and Parmesan and Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms, Swiss Chard & Poached Egg. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling Stoneacre Brasserie at 401-619-7810, or by visiting Open Table online. 

“We were astonished by the response to the first showing of this inspirational film,” said ACT Executive Director, Bevan Linsley in a news release. “It was great to see so many people interested in the conversation about fungi and their role in creating a sustainable planet; and the event partnerships made for a delightful night out in Washington Square!” Linsley continued. 

Doors open at The Jane Pickens Theater at 6:30 p.m. so come early to speak with representatives from Aquidneck Community Table, The Mushroom Hunting Foundation and the RI Mushroom Company. To purchase tickets for the film, please visit the Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center website at . A portion of the proceeds from the film screening and Fantastic Fungi Celebration dinner will be donated to Aquidneck Community Table in support of on-going programming. Aquidneck Community Table (ACT) works in many different ways to build a healthy local food system: fresh foods at farmers markets, community gardens, and school gardens; programs that inspire young people to love healthy foods; an annual food challenge to eat locally; and a food-scrap collection program to divert food from the waste stream.

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