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iW's Project of the Day: In "Now, Forager" Couple Makes Money by Hunting Mushrooms for NYC Restos

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire September 29, 2011 at 1:48AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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An image from Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin's "Now, Forager." [Image provided by filmmakers]

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.


"Now, Forager"

Tweetable Logline:

Over three seasons, a married couple struggles to get by hunting wild mushrooms and selling them to NY restaurants.

Elevator Pitch:

Set across three seasons, it's a food movie for people who actually know something about food. Lucien and Regina gather wild mushrooms in the woods and sell them to New York restaurants. Their lifestyle is simple, their income unstable. Regina decides to take a full-time job cooking at a high-end restaurant to improve their financial security and follow a more fulfilling personal career path. Feeling threatened, Lucien proposes that instead of “selling out,” they give up their apartment and commit to traveling as itinerant foragers. As individual desires take them down divergent paths, their marriage comes apart.

Production Team:

Directors: Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin
Writer: Jason Cortlund
Producers: Kit Bland and Julia Halperin
Cinematography: Jon Nastasi
Sound: Jeremy Fleishman
Editor: Julia Halperin
Technical Consultants: Tien Ho (executive chef/co-owner of Má Pêche, NY), Gerald Hirigoyen (author/chef/owner of Piperade, SF) and members of the New York Mycological Society

About the Film:

We wanted to evolve the food movie genre beyond the romantic. There's been a major revolution in the last decade in terms of people's interest in food and where it comes from. We think that there's an audience for a film where the cooking is real.

Foraging isn't just some foodie trend. It's a way of observing the world and connecting to it in a very primal way. It's been a part of my life since I was old enough to walk in the woods, and I wanted to share that experience in an authentic way.

Current Status:

Post-production, planning to premiere in early 2012.

For more information and to support the film:

United Artists Crowdfunding
Film Website

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