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The Fruit Hunters at Environmental Film Festival - Reservation required

Up the Yangtze was a beautifully made documentary by filmmaker Yung Chang. The director is back with a documentary titled The Fruit Hunters, inspired by a book of the same name. This is a Washington DC premiere starring the actor Bill Pullman; his obsession leads him on a crusade to create a community orchard in the Hollywood Hills. (See full description below.) The film will close this incredible Festival. The description kind of reminds me of Agnes Varda's great film, The Gleaners.

*****You need to reserve free tickets for this film. The link is through Brown Paper Tickets. Very easy. It will fill up fairly fast, but try to be pretty sure you can make it before RSVPing on the Brown Paper Bag site. Again here is the link. *********

After the film, we can get something to eat or drink nearby.

You can find them deep in the jungles of Borneo, in the hills of Umbria and perhaps even in your own backyard. They are the fruit hunters. Inspired by Adam Gollner’s 2010 book of the same name and directed by Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze), the film 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. Fruit detectives, including Isabella Dalla Ragione, investigate Renaissance-era paintings for clues, hoping to rediscover lost fruits. The film also takes a few subtle digs at multi-nationals and monocultures and the fact that many fruits found in supermarkets are grown in a “permanent global summer” and grown to look rather than taste delicious. But the film’s focus is on the fruits themselves, presented in all their mouthwatering glory: cherimoyas, ice cream beans, durians and more. Directed by Yung Chang. Produced by Mila Aung-Thwin, Katherine Baulu and Bob Moore. Winner, Grand Prize, 2013 International Environmental Film Festival, Paris.

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  • Moi

    for the movie lovers, check out DC Filmfest:

    April 3, 2013

  • Pat S.

    I do not know the members so did not meet up with anyone.

    March 24, 2013

  • Paul

    An engaging activist movie, beautifully done. Saw the best of Borneo without the humidity, dust and insects all over me. Environmental Film Festival at its best. Just hope not too many are incited to ad lib smuggling of exotic fruit tree cuttings in the name of safeguarding endangered fruits.
    Exotic fruit cultivator - I'd like to have that job!

    March 24, 2013

  • Debbi

    apparently, there are still tickets available (sunday), so I may have a last minute guest...or not

    March 24, 2013

    • Ronn


      1 · March 24, 2013

    • Joel

      Ronn, I totally forgot to get tickets. The site link says "Not available" as of 5:25pm. Do you have any extras?

      March 24, 2013

  • Ronn

    see everyone tonight at 6 in the downstairs lobby. we'll head up at about 6:10 to get seats. It's a big theater and we'll try to pick an area where you can find us if you come later. depending on interest, we'll go somewhere casual after for a bite to eat. my number is[masked]

    March 24, 2013

  • Alison

    need to drive my son back to college - have fun!

    March 24, 2013

  • arul

    I'm back to going to this film. Anyone up for getting a small bite to eat or drink after the movie?

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Deborah E. G.

    Sorry, not going to be able to make it after all. Have fun.

    March 17, 2013

  • Lisa

    Sounds like a fascinating film.

    March 9, 2013

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