Wednesday, April 10th, 7:30pm
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street
The Fruit Hunters travels across culture, history and geography to show how intertwined we are with the fruits we eat. Our guides are devoted fruit fanatics. Movie star Bill Pullman’s obsession leads him on a crusade to create a community orchard in the Hollywood Hills. Adventurers Noris Ledesma and Richard Campbell scour the jungle for rare mangos, hoping to intervene before the plants are steamrolled by industrialization. Pioneering scientist Juan Aguilar races to breed bananas resistant to a deadly fungus that threatens the worldwide crop. And fruit detectives including Isabella Dalla Ragione investigate Renaissance-era paintings for clues, hoping to rediscover lost fruits. And, of course, there are the fruits themselves, presented in all their mouthwatering glory: cherimoyas, ice cream beans, durians and more.
A cinematic odyssey through nature and commerce, The Fruit Hunters will change not only the way we look at what we eat but how we view our relationship to the natural world.
Followed by a fruit tasting and panel discussion with fruit expert and film subject Noris Ledesma, Mark Ashton, and Peter Rothenberg.
Yung Chang, made his feature documentary, Up the Yangtze in 2007. The film used China’s highly contested Three Gorges Dam as a dramatic backdrop for a moving and richly detailed narrative of a peasant family negotiating unprecedented historic changes. Up The Yangtze played at numerous festivals and was one of the top-grossing documentary box office releases in 2008. China Heavyweight is Chang’s sophomore film. It had its World Premiere at Sundance 2012 and is currently traveling the festival circuit. The film is playing in Canadian cinemas and will open the USA in NYC on July 6, 2012. He is also currently writing Eggplant, his first feature film, about a Chinese wedding photographer.
15 min. Dir. Emma de Swaef. Forced to return to his naturist roots, Willy bungles his way into noble savagery.
Running Time: 90 min.
Director: Yung Chang
Producers: Mila Aung-Thwin, Katherine Baulu, Bob Moore
Executive Producers: Ravida Din
Director of Photography: Mark O'Fearghail
Editor: Mila Aung-Thwin, Hannele Halm, Omar Majeed
· A River Changes Course
· EFFY After Dark
· GMO OMG
· Gold Fever
· Installation: Sustainability Heard
· Installation: Young Photographers Exhibition
· More Than Honey
· Shorts I: School’s Out!
· Shorts II: Redemption
· Special Event: Documentary vs. Advocacy
· Special Event: Jazz Ecology
· The East
· The Fruit Hunters
· The Last Ocean