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The Truffle Hunters presented w/ short film Bind

20 August 2021 | 8:00 pm


USA, 2020. Directed by Gregory Kershaw, Michael Dweck. 84 min. G
Presented in Italian with English subtitles

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation. They’re guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly-trained dogs. They live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their loyal animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. They’re untethered to cell phone screens or the Internet, opting instead to make their food and drink by hand and prioritizing in-person connections and community.

The demand for white truffles increases year after year, even as the supply decreases. As a result of climate change, deforestation, and the lack of young people taking up the mantle, the truffle hunters’ secrets are more coveted than ever. However, as it soon becomes clear, these ageing men may just hold something much more valuable than even this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life.

“This endearing, thoroughly entertaining movie might be what we all need right now: An invitation to stop and smell the roses — or, if you’re lucky, their far less showy fungal cousins.”
– Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Presented in program with:

Canada, 2021. Directed by Holly Treddenick. 6 min. NR

BIND is a 6-minute duet that lives between the forms of dance and circus. The performers have their hair braided together and are forced into a deep state of physical listening with each other, the apparatus and the environment. The work was created through the lens and proposals from contemporary dance, but the technique and skills of balance, partnering and height required by the performers, come from aerial circus training.

Created & choreographed by Femmes du Feu Creations. Performed by Angola Murdoch and Holly Treddenick. Filmed and edited by Upstage Dynamics. 

Music by Canadian folk singer Jennifer Castle and Canadian violinist Dr. Draw.

Stratus Vineyards – outdoor patio
2059 Niagara Stone Rd, NOTL

Friday 20 August 2021
Doors open at 8PM
Film introduction by Joan Nicks starts at 9PM
Screening starts at sunset (approx 9:15PM)

Stratus Wines by the Glass, Kettle Corn, Artisan Chips and Local Gourmet Pate & Dips available for onsite purchase

Note: This venue is not fully accessible. Caution with potentially uneven lawn surface. Please contact NAC if you require assistance.


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20 August 2021
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Stratus Vineyards
2059 Niagara Stone Rd.
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