A Son’s Story of His Father’s Passion
The Mushroom Hunter is a Doc Film of Thirty Minutes
Torg and his buddies have hunted morel mushrooms for over fifty years. In this documentary shot in North Central Indiana, hear their stories, learn some of their secrets, and join them for a local hunt. This is a story of friendship and the trials that come with getting older.
from left to right: Casey Jones, Martin Torgerson, Kenny Hattery
Vic Heater on the left and Martin Torgerson on the right head into the woods for a hunt
Onesheet more Information about The Mushroom Hunter (pdf)
Bill Torgerson pdf filmmaker bio
Media Kit for Bill Torgerson provided by Cherokee McGhee Press
When mushroom hunters begin to talk about how to find morel mushrooms, they talk about hunting trees.
It’s hunting for trees that is why in the documentary film The Mushroom Hunter, you’ll see my dad and his friend Vic looking up in the air and pointing off in the distance so much.
There’s two trees to get started with:
1. The almost dead or newly dead elm tree. These trees will produce roonies for years. The biggest tell tale sign I’ve heard about is the peeling bark.
the sort of peeling bark that makes me take a closer look
2. The living ash tree, most easily identifiable through its white-colored splotchy marks.
the white splotchiness that marks some ash trees
Footage from Brown County Morel Festival will appear in feature film.
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