THE CREEPING GARDEN (Chicago premiere) hosted by The Chicago Cinema Society at Chicago Filmmakers.

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We are really excited to be able to bring one of our favorite documentaries from the festival circuit here to Chicago. We will be hosting two screenings, one on April 4th and the second on April 8th (see the very bottom of this post for all specifics). (UPDATE: additional screening on 4/19) A real life science fiction movie exploring a world creeping right beneath our feet, where time and space are magnified and intelligence redefined. 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

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.

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REVIEWS:

‘Stupendously fascinating and individualistic documentary masterpiece… see it and be forever altered.’

Mitch Davis, Fantasia International Film Festival

‘The Creeping Garden is, cinematically, the reflection of its subject… a masterpiece… An absolute must ‐ see.’

Joseph Elfassi, Voir Montreal

‘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

‘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 out-of-left-field nerdy delight’

John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

‘An enthralling delve into the world of plasmodial slime moulds deserving to be served up at a series of other festivals… A unique documentary to be sure.’

Mark Adams, Screen International

‘An essential reminder of how smart docs about peculiar subjects can be as entertaining as any psycho thriller… Who knew fungal gunk could be so rapturous to behold?’

Steve Dollar, Indiewire

‘This is a documentary that transcends its form and creeps, mold-like, into your subconscious. And so far as unusual experiences go, The Creeping Garden is one I’d recommend wholeheartedly.’

BloodyUnderrated.net

‘A gorgeously careful film, this thing is beyond fascinating. A must-see.’

David Bradford, Forget The Box.net

SCREENING INFORMATION

THE CREEPING GARDEN
1st screening
Digital Projection, 81mins
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
Date: Saturday, April 4th
Time: 8:00pm
Ticket price: $8.00

2nd screening
Digital Projection, 81mins
Location: Hokin Hall at Columbia College
623 S Wabash Ave. 60605
Date: Wednesday, April 8th
Time: 6:30pm
Ticket price: $8.00

Additional screening
Digital Projection, 81mins
Location: Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N Clark St. 60640
Date: Sunday, April 19th
Time: 7:00pm
Ticket price: $8.00

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