An Acquired Taste is an award-winning documentary following three urban teens from non-hunting families, who unplug, take up arms, and show their parents what it means to responsibly put food on the table. You’ll meet Ashlie, age 13, the animal-lover who believes hunting is more humane than factory farming, and Nick, a fatherless twelve-year old who follows his mentor’s footsteps for the ultimate protein.
“So far, the film is proving to be a great eye opener to non-hunters who seek alternatives to factory farmed meat.” says Vanessa LeMaire the Producer/Director. ” The experiential style of the film invites non-hunting audiences to live their first kill through the journey of three teens. Because the adolescents are so authentic, one can’t help identifying with them. We’ve had youth and adults stand up after a screening sharing their transformation, and people choking up saying that they had never understood their father or brother’s hunting habits until now, and that, at last, they felt reconciled.”
Because AN ACQUIRED TASTE speaks so well to non-hunting and hunting audiences alike, it has played at conservation-related festivals (American Conservation Film Festival, Wild & Scenic Film Festival) as well as environmental festivals, such as the San Francisco Green Film Festival, breaking the record of the first hunting documentary to be selected by a jury of vegans! Because this film is so widely accepted, and has won a “Best Youth Film,” a number of State Departments and hunting agencies are considering integrating it into their conferences, Hunter Education programs and fundraising events. Even a shorter version will be coming out in fall for educational purposes.
This film beautifully captures the motivations, excitement and emotion of hunting but the subjects aren’t your everyday hunters—they are young people from different backgrounds who didn’t come from the traditional hunting culture. That makes it an important film for lifelong hunters like me and anyone interested in reaching new people and continuing our hunting heritage. – Curt Melcher, Director, Oregon Fish and Wildlife.
Film documents a responsible young consumer approach to hunting, by Gary Lewis, Outdoor Columnist of The Bulletin.
“You captured every emotion that a hunter can feel, from fear, to skepticism, to nausea, to elation and then back again. And the youth actors were so genuine, nothing staged. I look forward to sharing this film as I know many of my neighbors are considering hunting and they would be a great audience.” Gary Berlin, Retired wildlife manager Colorado Division of Wildlife and former Executive Director, IHEA.
``This film has a character richness you don’t typically associate with documentaries. Bon Appétit.`` - Chuck Jaffee, The Union
If you are part of a conservation, hunting, or educational organization, host a screening and inspire the people in your community.
Motivations for hunting are changing, and the film “An Acquired Taste” artistically captures this as it follows three young teens from non-hunting families as they learn how to hunt. This film will help those working to expand participation in hunting understand the complex journey that people without a hunting background must navigate to become hunters. – Chris Willard Deputy Administrator Oregon Fish and Wildlife Information & Education Division.
Have you ever been confronted by people that misunderstand your passion? Do you know which difficulties non-hunters and foodies face when trying to enter the hunter community?
``I love how conservation is approached with consideration for sustainable use, that the film focuses on younger urban adolescents, and how responsible all the individuals were with their approach to hunting, gun safety and recreation.`` American Conservation Film Festival Jury Member