October 29 @ 7:30 pm
Lucien and Regina are foragers – they gather wild mushrooms and sell them to New York restaurants. Their lifestyle is simple, their income unstable. As Regina seeks more security and Lucien wants to devote himself to full-time nomadic foraging, their individual desires put the marriage to a test. A food lovers’ film.
Available online at https://www.mushroomania.ca/movie/
SCREENPLAY, CO-DIRECTOR, CAST (LUCIEN ECHEVARRÍA)
Jason Cortlund studied film and writing at University of Oregon and earned a Master’s in screenwriting at University of Texas. He was a postgraduate fellow at the James Michener Center for Writers. He served as a programmer for Cinematexas International Film Festival from 1997-2004. His films (made with collaborator Julia Halperin) have shown at festivals, museums, arts institutions, and theatrically around the world. Their work has been honored with an IFP Gotham Award nomination, a Venice Biennale College-Cinema development residency, a Yaddo residency, and a Special Jury Award at US in Progress. Cortlund received an honorable mention for a San Francisco Film Society Hearst Screenwriting Grant and a vote for Best Screenplay of 2012 in the Indiewire Critics Poll. He’s also an active member of the New York Mycological Society and serves as editor of their quarterly newsletter.
PRODUCER, CO-DIRECTOR, EDITOR
Julia Halperin received her B.A. summa cum laude from Hunter College and her M.F.A from the University of Texas. She was a programmer for Cinematexas International Film Festival from 1997-2004. Julia’s work has received support from the Venice Biennale, Yaddo, Liberace Foundation, Austin Film Society, and The Texas Commission on the Arts. She was a finalist for a 2004 Rockefeller Media Art Fellowship. Her films (made with collaborator Jason Cortlund) have screened in theaters across the US and Europe, as well as at IFF Rotterdam, SXSW, New Directors/New Films, and Museum of Modern Art. They were nominated for an IFP Gotham Award as “Breakthrough Directors” for the debut feature Now, Forager in 2012. Julia has also worked as an editor for Greta Schiller, Heather Courtney, and Redmond Entwistle. She is a member of Austin Film Society’s Filmmaker Advisory Committee and the Austin chapter of Film Fatales.