Maybe it’s the H.P. Lovecraft fan in me talking, but there’s nothing creepier to me than the unknown. And that’s precisely why filmmakers Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp’s documentary The Creeping Garden is so deliciously terrifying. Scientists are attempting to unravel the mystery behind a seemingly intelligent slime mould, one that initially popped up in Texas back in 1973.
The premise of the documentary may sound like a 1950s sci-fi flick, but rest assured it’s firmly rooted in reality. Fortunately for those science-loving film fanatics who live in or around New York City and/or Toronto, Grabham and Sharp’s The Creeping Garden will hit a handful of theaters beginning later this year. Judging from the trailer, it’s certainly worth checking out.
The official press release describes the flick as follows.
In 1973, a blob-like substance that appeared to be a cross between a fungus and an animal surfaced in Texas, causing some to speculate whether it was a form of alien life. But in fact we were being introduced to plasmodial slime mould: a rare and resilient organism bolstered by a primitive intelligence that treks slowly around forests. Featuring stunning macroscopic time-lapse footage, The Creeping Garden is a science-non-fiction odyssey that takes us through petri dishes, fungariums and mazes as a cadre of scientists, artists and designers collaborate with the mould to make musical compositions, project future population shifts and re-imagine the textures of our world. A provocative inquest into human curiosity and our creative interface with the world, Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp’s film, which features a score from the virtuosic Jim O’Rourke, is a vibrant cinematic cabinet of curiosities that will leave you giddy and delirious with wonder.
Those interested in catching The Creeping Garden on the big screen can do so beginning September 30 at New York’s Film Forum and October 2 at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox. To see what all the fuss is about, investigate the trailer below. Try not to freak out too much.