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Join the journey in hunting one of the most sought-after mushrooms in the world, the elusive Morel Mushroom. Based on actual events! Read more

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Join the journey in hunting one of the most sought-after mushrooms in the world, the elusive Morel Mushroom. Based on actual events!

Madison, WI Documentary
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(Documentary) Morel Truths: The Series

Like mindless zombies searching for brains; spring mushroom hunters are searching out brains of their own. Except these brains are mushrooms that sometimes carry thee appearance of a brain and furthermore a hunter can not just “mindlessly” search for them. 

2011
2011

These mushrooms are hard to find if you do not know where to look. So what is this mushroom you ask? It is a Morel, and this is what I developed my entire Documentary around; how to hunt, cook, and preserve these ridiculously great tasting mushrooms. The film is everything Morel, from science to folklore, with testimonials and interviews from some of the most successful hunters around and experienced mycologists to date.

20 lbs. off of one hill in Wisconsin
20 lbs. off of one hill in Wisconsin

This film will walk the viewer through the fungal jungle and into your kitchen where you learn the best ways to eat and preserve your findings. No exact locations will be given on where a successful hunt was, but the details of conditions it was found in will be discussed throughly. The intent of this film is to inform as well as entertain and can be used as a how to guide on finding your own Morels Mushrooms.

2012 Hunt was very successful for Matt... as you can see.
2012 Hunt was very successful for Matt... as you can see.

The Challenges I face right now is time, I can not afford to put anymore free time into wrapping up this 3 year long project in a short frame. At the earliest at the rate I am going, it will not be completed until 2015. It's true, I have more then enough footage to simply edit may way to the end and release what I would dub "Morel Truths: First Edition". This would be the entire series using only interviews and footage of the past 3 years; however I plan to and would like to faster, add more interviews and another field expedition season in other states to show the different species of Morels. These with out a budget would be done over several different editions to the series, however with the right budget could be completed in only two editions.  For $1,000 I could have the 1st edition done by spring 2013, a 2nd edition by 2014 and a 3rd edition by 2015. For $5,000 or more I could have 1st edition done by spring 2013 and would combined editions 2 & 3 for the official 2nd and final edition by 2014.

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Risks and challenges

The only risk is time, right now I can not afford to take time to finish this project up in the short term. With at least a $1,000 I will be able to take off from work and business for a couple weeks to finish the project up before Spring. However if I was to pass the $1,000 goal I could afford to pay for better animations, travel to UW LaCross to interview a Mycologist who specializes in Morel; which would give the viewer a whole slew of extra knowledge that we wouldn't otherwise been there.

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  • The documentary would be a series of 7 episodes total each starting at 5-10minutes long. This documentary will however be evolving over the next 2 years and there is going to be added material to this series. They will be released in editions.
    The 1st edition will be a total run time of around 30-35minutes long (7 episodes). With the money from kick starter, I wish to expand upon this Series as I gather new footage and new interviews become available to me. so the second edition will include interviews with members of the science community and will have a total run time of 55-60 minutes long and still 7 episodes. The third edition will be the final edition and will be a run time of 80 minutes and I will be adding a new episode on the "taxonomy of a morel" making the 3rd edition an 8 episode disc. The 3rd edition will be the final edition and ultimately the final product.

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    You're a Filmmaker now too. Get your NAME listed as Executive Producer for every episode in the series for the 1st edition released. Receive complete DVD set of the entire series 1st edition and access to downloadable content to upgrade to future editions.

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    Have your NAME and/or Business Logo be the first Visual Slid to Appear on every episode for every edition released. It will read as such...

    Chief Executive Producer: NAME NAME (Business)... this will be before anything else airs including the show itself. Bragging rights is all you get here!!!
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    (Wisconsin residents only)
    Will personally take you out Morel Hunting on your own land to help you find the most fruitful spots available. Will also cook a Morel Dish of your choice from 3 options at your house.

    Get your NAME listed in the credits for every episode in the series for every edition released. Receive complete digital set of the entire series for every edition released. (Downloadable Only)

    receive Auto-Graphed DVD set 3rd edition. (2014)

    Will record & produce a 3-5min video for you or a family member to be used in personal or business use. This would include either a wedding video, commercial shoot, or whatever you want me to do.

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    V.I.P. PASS: (Travel included for continental U.S. only) Hotel for 2 Night Stay In Madison WI. During stay Will take you out Hunting to 3 secret locations in Wisconsin to spend a day picking Morels. Will also film the whole days event so that you can share with your family your finds...
    Will then later that night cook a Morel Dish of your choice from 3 options.

    "Executive Producer" Credits awarded as well.

    Will also include Autographed DVD 3rd edition by Creator Justin Yapp and by Hunters interviewed in Show. The only DVD of such kind that will be released with all those signatures on it. A collectors edition for sure!

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