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Queen of the Sun: Do Something Reel™ Film Festival

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, June 2, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

In April we proudly launched the Do Something Reel Film Festival, an online collection of provocative, character-driven films that focus on food, environmental issues and everyday people with a vision of making a world of difference. Simply put, it’s a celebration of people who understand that small steps can create big change. The festival continues this month with Queen of the Sun: What Are The Bees Telling Us?

A profound, alternative look at the bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, award-winning director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John, the film takes us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive.

This alarming and ultimately uplifting film weaves together a story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers, including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk, Vandana Shiva and Carlo Petrini.

In 1923 Rudolf Steiner, a scientist, philosopher and social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years, honeybee colonies would collapse. His prediction has come true with Colony Collapse Disorder in which bees are disappearing from their hives in vast numbers with no clear explanation. In an illuminating inquiry into the insights behind Steiner’s prediction, Queen of the Sun takes us on a pilgrimage around the world, unveiling 10,000 years of beekeeping and highlighting how our historic and sacred relationship with bees has been lost due to highly mechanized industrial practices.

 

Inspiring, entertaining and gorgeously photographed, this film explores the long-term causes that could create one of our most urgent global food crises and asks the essential question, “How can we renew a culture in balance with nature?”

Interested? Watch the trailer:

The film is available to watch on the festival’s web site and on our Facebook page for $5.99 per viewing, through the end of the month. A new film will be launched online on the first of each month. Prices vary by film, with proceeds helping to fund two $25,000 AFI Silverdocs grants for filmmakers in the green genre. There is one viewing per purchase.

Do Something Reel marks the first time these documentaries will be available to purchase and stream online, so make sure to watch them while they are available. Visit Do Something Reel’s web site for additional video, behind-the-scenes talks with filmmakers and other materials free of charge. Plus, stay tuned for these upcoming films:

  • July: Ian Cheney retrospective — The Greening of Southie and TruckFarm
  • August: Lunchline

Ready to fight for the bees? Let us know why this matters to you.

 

3 Comments

Comments

Jana J. Pendragon Bowdish says ...
The Bees are superior beings and their value to all the creatures of the Earth is beyond measure. We need to insure that Bees remain strong and healthy so we can all do the same.
06/13/2012 6:50:00 PM CDT
Brandon Ross says ...
Checked out the trailer of 'Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?' and it looks quite interesting. I agree that Bees are essential and now many others will be able to learn why with this film. Good work! 'AUM: You Are What You Drink' coming soon - Youtube.com/theaumfilm
06/20/2012 2:42:27 PM CDT
Adman Whitaker says ...
From "the Grist" from January: "...while parasites, pathogens, and habitat loss can deal blows to bee health, research increasingly points to pesticides as the primary culprit." http://grist.org/food/2012-01-13-honey-bees-problem-nearing-a-critical-point/
06/27/2012 7:28:22 PM CDT