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FOUND: The King of Matsutake Ridge


A documentary short subject that explores the beautiful and intense world of Philip Manganaro, renowned chef, forager, and owner of Park Place Café in Merchantville, NJ. For over a year, a team of award-winning creatives followed Phil to his “wild farms” including his secret Matsutake mushroom site. 

FOUND: The King of Matsutake Ridge captures one man’s evolving artistic mission to forage ephemeral ingredients that no restaurant can buy and his innovative cuisine based on the bounty of the natural world. 

Read more about Chef Phil's Mission

Executive Producer: Anastasia Forde and Steve Forde

Producers: Philip Manganaro and Isaac Forde

Directed by: Anastasia Forde

Co-Production by: Brandeur and Get -Kinetic

Edited by: Isaac Forde

Project Owned and Created by: Phil Manganro and Forde Films

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FOUND at Film Festivals

It is an honor to have the documentary recognized by local and international film festivals in 2024. We would love for you to join us at one of these screenings! 

New Jersey International Film Festival

Saturday, June 8th at 7pm
The in-person screenings will be held in Voorhees Hall #105/Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ

Purchase online and in-person tickets HERE.

Jersey Shore Film Festival

July 6th, 9:30 pm

100 Grant Avenue, Deal, NJ 07723

Purchase Tickets HERE

A Lyte in the Dark Film Festival


July 28th, 1 pm
The Princeton Garden Theatre

160 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542
Purchase Tickets HERE

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Read Chef Phil's Interview by Matt Skoufalos of NJPENN

On the Cover of SJ MAG

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