95 minutes – Drama
Festival release date: September 16, 2016 (Atlantic Film Festival)
Release date: TBA
Canadian distributor: A71 Entertainment
Hunting Pignut centres on Bernice (Taylor Hickson). The 15-year-old hates her life in the tiny, isolated community of Black Gut, Newfoundland. She feels she will never overcome the trauma that has left her body and psyche deeply scarred. Her dejected spirit takes a strange turn when her dad dies of a heroin overdose and Pignut (Joel Thomas Hynes), a charismatic but tormented gutter punk, shows up for his wake. When Pignut steals her father’s ashes right out of the urn, Bernice embarks on an odyssey to hunt down her father’s remains and to discover her place in his heart and in the world. Look for a cameo appearance by Mary Walsh in this indie feature.
Hunting Pignut is Newfoundland director Martine Blue’s first feature film. Image and poster courtesy of A71 Entertainment.