After acquiring the necessary equipment and taking a film editing class in New York City, Torgerson shot the film over Easter weekend in 2012.
The first part of the shoot consisted of gathering the three hunters at the home of one of their former hunting buddies, Bob March, who had passed away. What ensued was several hours of stories capturing the joy they experience while on a hunt and the grief associated with losing friends they used to share it with.
“I didn’t have to do very much,” he said. “I knew there were some basics I had to cover but I really felt the conversation would take off.”
As the conversation took off, it led him in the direction of the themes he would illustrate while following them on a hunt the next day, he continued.
“It’s sort of an intellectual challenge or problem — when are they going to start growing? Where are they?” he said of the questions going through mushroom hunters’ minds while out on a hunt. “It’s the same reason guys like to play golf or go for hikes. [The film] is in part the mushrooms, but also those guys getting out of the house and being together and to keep moving around in their 70s.”
Bill Torgerson went on to say the sadness that emerged when the men spoke of fellow hunters who had passed away over the years, like March and another named Kenny Hattery, was something that surprised him.
“The degree to which they talked about those guys, you could watch them start to reflect on growing older and knowing that every year might be the last year they’re physically able to hunt,” he said.
“They’re pretty stoic, not-share-their-feelings guys, so that was a little bit of a surprise. I think it has a lot do do with knowing time with best friends could not be that much longer or the thing you love to do with your friends is coming to an end.”