New Canaan Man Hopes To Kickstart Film On 'The Mushroom Hunter'

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Martin Torgerson, pictured, spent many years hunting morel mushrooms, and now his son, Bill, of New Canaan is looking to make a film about it.
Martin Torgerson, pictured, spent many years hunting morel mushrooms, and now his son, Bill, of New Canaan is looking to make a film about it. Photo Credit: Courtesy of 'The Mushroom Hunter' page on Kickstarter.com

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — New Canaan’s Bill Torgerson is looking to tell the story of his dad and his friends in a film called “The Mushroom Hunter.” But first he is looking for help by receiving donations through Kickstarter.com.

“Even if hunting the roonies isn't your thing, I think this story will have surprise gifts for you, too,” Torgerson writes on his Kickstarter page. “If you've lost a dear friend, spent good times engaging in an activity with your best friends, or maybe even lost the ability to do that thing you love, I think this story can take you back to the people and places you care about most.”

The film will feature Torgerson’s father, Martin, and his friends reminiscing about more than 50 years of hunting morel mushrooms and will include actual footage shot by the elder Torgerson, the Kickstarter page said. The father bought a camera and began recording his hunts in case he wouldn’t be able to go on another one, the page said.

“The idea was that even if he couldn't go out into the woods, he could sit at home, watch himself and his buddies, and remember the pleasures of being with friends and looking for morels,” Torgerson wrote of his father.

A series of events led the New Canaan man decided to make the film, including the film “Two’s A Crowd” about a married couple that lives separately. He thought it was as interesting and unique as his father and his friend, Vic Heater, and their mushroom hunting, the page said.

Torgerson has accrued more than $2,150. But he needs to meet his goal of $5,000 before 11 p.m. Sunday to have the project funded. Click here to donate on his Kickstarter page.

Torgerson is a writer and professor who has published two novels in addition to writing scripts and producing a podcast. In addition to “The Mushroom Hunter,” he also made the film “For the Love of Books.”

If you have any questions or want more information about Torgerson or his project, visit his website, Torg Stories or “The Mushroom Hunter” Facebook page.

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