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Amid the bustling world of Central Oregon’s wild mushroom hunting camps, the lives of two former soldiers intersect. Roger, a 75 year-old sniper with the US Special Forces in Vietnam, and Kouy, a 46 year-old platoon leader of Cambodia’s Khmer Freedom Fighters who battled the Khmer Rouge, come together each fall to hunt the elusive matsutake mushroom, a rare mushroom prized in Japanese culture and cuisine. However, the pair discover more than just mushrooms in the woods: they find a new life, and livelihood; and, a means to slowly heal the scarring wounds of war. Told over the course of one matsutake mushroom season, THE LAST SEASON is a journey into the woods, into the memory of war and survival, telling a story of family from an unexpected place

 

 

Nominated for Independent Spirit's "Truer than Fiction Award," THE LAST SEASON made its World Premiere at the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival where it took home the Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Documentary and made its International Premiere at Toronto's Hot Docs International Documentary Festival. THE LAST SEASON has gone on to tour festivals nationally and internationally and was recently acquired by PBS for a national television broadcast. 

 

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Amid the bustling world of Central Oregon’s wild mushroom hunting camps, the lives of two former soldiers intersect. Roger, a 75 year-old sniper with the US Special Forces in Vietnam, and Kouy, a 46 year-old platoon leader of Cambodia’s Khmer Freedom Fighters who battled the Khmer Rouge, come together each fall to hunt the elusive matsutake mushroom, a rare mushroom prized in Japanese culture and cuisine. However, the pair discover more than just mushrooms in the woods: they find a new life, and livelihood; and, a means to slowly heal the scarring wounds of war. Told over the course of one matsutake mushroom season, THE LAST SEASON is a journey into the woods, into the memory of war and survival, telling a story of family from an unexpected place

 

 

Nominated for Independent Spirit's "Truer than Fiction Award," THE LAST SEASON made its World Premiere at the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival where it took home the Golden Gate Award for Best Bay Area Documentary and made its International Premiere at Toronto's Hot Docs International Documentary Festival. THE LAST SEASON has gone on to tour festivals nationally and internationally and was recently acquired by PBS for a national television broadcast.