Now, Forager: A Film About Love & Fungi

  • 93'
  • USA
  • 2012
A couple lives off picking wild mushrooms. They get up before dawn, set off into the woods and sell their harvest to restaurants in New York. He is a monomaniac expert, she is more practical. It’s a hard and insecure existence, and that’s why they decide to take a job cooking at a trendy restaurant.
Cortlund and Halperin juxtapose the fictional story about the growing distance between the two lovers with pictures of the seasons passing and beautiful close-ups of mushrooms in the wild - from the deadly poisonous yet beautiful toadstool known as the Destroying Angel (amanita verna) to the bizarre looking Bear’s Tooth (hericium erinaceous) and the delicious Porcino (boletus edulis). The preparation of the food is also portrayed accurately.
Now, Forager provides a counterbalance to the often romantic picture of cooking and eating in films with a culinary bent and meshes perfectly with today’s Slow-Food movement.

Directors
Jason Cortlund, Julia Halperin
Premiere
World première
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
93'
Medium
HDcam
Language
English
Producers
Julia Halperin, Kit Bland
Production Companies
Now Forager, LLC, Small Drama, LLC
Sales
New Europe Film Sales
Screenplay
Jason Cortlund
Cinematography
Jonathan Nastasi
Editor
Julia Halperin
Production Design
Julia Halperin, Jason Cortlund
Sound Design
Jeremy Fleishman
Music
Chris Brokaw
Cast
Jason Cortlund, Tiffany Esteb
Website
http://nowforager.com