The Creeping Garden

This 2014 science documentary introduces viewers to the weird and wonderful world of slime molds, small life-forms that exhibit qualities of both fungi and animals. Directors Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp consider how these creatures have inspired not only scientists but also filmmakers, visual artists, and musicians whose projects incorporate scientific findings. Slime molds move collectively, forming beautiful patterns in the process—time-lapse sequences turn these movements into undulating waves of color—and this property has inspired some scientists to use slime molds in experiments that predict the migration patterns of human populations across great distances. The movie inspires a curiosity about life on our planet, its mood enhanced by Jim O’Rourke’s experimental soundtrack.