Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?
Available June 1st – 30th
Available June 1st – 30th
A profound, alternative look at the bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, award-winning director of “The Real Dirt on Farmer John,” that 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 heart-felt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world 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, honeybees would collapse. His prediction has come true with Colony Collapse Disorder where 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?
For 30 years, Taggart Siegel has directed award-winning documentaries that present vital perspectives rarely seen on mainstream media. He is the co-founder of Collective Eye Films, a non-profit film production and distribution organization. Siegel’s past films include the highly-acclaimed The Real Dirt on Farmer John, The Split Horn and the Emmy-nominated Between Two Worlds.
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The Do Something Reel Film Festival is excited to partner with Crowdrise to provide you with a way to get involved, and create change for the issues that are brought about in the films shown through the festival.
Spikenard Farm & Honeybee Sanctuary
Situated in Floyd, VA in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Sanctuary aims to restore the health and vitality of the honeybee worldwide.
"The feel good advocacy film of the year." - Box Office Magazine
"One of the most beautiful nature films I've seen." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Revelatory!" New York Times Critic's Pick - New York Times
"Stunning...as soulful as it is scientific, as uplifting as it is alarming." - Film.com