You can find them deep in the jungles of Borneo, in the hills of Umbria and perhaps even in your own backyard. They are fruit hunters, the subjects of the new film from acclaimed director Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze, China Heavyweight).
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.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The 1st Annual Portland EcoFilm Festival at the Hollywood Theatre features 6 screenings of new films covering topics of sustainability, nature, farming culture, and the environment. All screenings include a filmmaker Q+A or a panel discussion with local experts!
The Presenting Sponsor of the Portland EcoFilm Festival is Chipotle Mexican Grill. Taking steps to educate and solidify the message of sustainability, and explore from where and how we receive food, is one of the many ways that Chipotle hopes to effect change, and create awareness about social issues.
The first 100 attendees to arrive at the screening receive a free entrée card from Chipotle!