FOREST UNDER STRESS, 9min., USA, Documentary/Animation
Directed by Michal Joy Hall Bravo Ramírez, Rachel Lee Hall
In a forest plagued by drought, a group of mycelia fungus struggles to provide nutrients and moisture to a desperate root system, which affects the entire terrestrial story.
Forest Under Stress takes place in the southern Oregon forest, a region plagued by decades of competitive vegetative buildup that contributes to chronic soil dehydration.
The story follows a trio of mycelium fungi as they struggle to broker an exchange for nutrients, minerals, and moisture to the desperate root system in exchange for carbohydrates.
Through the eyes of the mycelia, the film encourages viewers to consider factors that caused stress in the terrestrial story, which helped create the conditions for devastating wildfires. This story asks the audience to remember this clarion call: Remember, the forest is more than just trees.