Film & Video
DANCE OF THE HONEY BEE
Bill Moyers' presents and introduces the short documentary Dance of the Honey Bee. Narrated by Bill McKibben, the film takes a look at the determined, beautiful and vital role honey bees play in preserving life, as well as the threats bees face from a rapidly changing landscape. “Not only are we dependent on the honey bee for much of what we eat,” says Bill, “there is, of course, a grace and elegance they bring to the natural world that would diminish us all were they to disappear.”
Producer, Director, Photographer & Editor: Peter Nelson.
Narrator: Bill McKibben. Original music: John Powell. Audio: Merce Williams.
Intro Producer: Lena Shemel. Intro Editor: Paul Desjarlais.
Related article: Protect Honey Bees in Your Own Backyard:http://billmoyers.com/content/protect-honey-bees-in-your-own-backyard/
MORE THAN HONEY
Directed by Markus Imhoof
Release Year: 2013, Running Time: 91, Color Type: Color
Country: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Language: English and German w/English subtitles
Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (THE BOAT IS FULL) tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees (reminiscent of MICROCOSMOS) in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis.
Writes Eric Kohn in Indiewire: "Imhoof captures the breeding of queen bees in minute detail, ventures to a laboratory to witness a bee brainscan, and discovers the dangerous prospects of a hive facing the infection of mites. In this latter case, the camera's magnifying power renders the infection in sci-fi terms, as if we've stumbled into a discarded scene from David Cronenberg's THE FLY." This is a strange and strangely moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms. http://www.morethanhoneyfilm.com/about.html
Why Bees Are Disappearing
Marla Spivak at TED Talk June 2013
Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?
Marla Spivak researches bees’ behavior and biology in an effort to preserve this threatened, but ecologically essential, insect. Full bio »
Wings of Life: A Love Story that Feeds The Earth
Filmmaker: Louie Schwartzberg
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"Unbelievable visuals and a plot that could never be written. Visually stunning and emotional seen from the flower's point of view. For the first time ever you will witness a world hidden from the naked eye - and it will be an experience you will never forget." http://www.movingart.tv/wingsoflife/http://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_the_hidden_beauty_of_pollination.html
QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us?
Director/Producer: Taggart Siegel / Editor/Producer: Jon Betz
“The beauty of the seed is out of one you can get millions. The beauty of the pollinator is it turns that one into the million and that’s an economics of sharing. That’s to me the real economics of growth because life is growing.” – Dr. Vandana Shiva, from “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?”
"In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, a scientist, philosopher & 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 in mass numbers from their hives with no clear single explanation. In an alarming inquiry into the insights behind Steiner’s prediction Queen of the Sun examines the dire global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, scientists, farmers and philosophers." http://www.queenofthesun.com
VANISHING OF THE BEES
Narrated by Ellen Page
Co-Director/Producer/Dir of Photography: George Langworthy
Co-Director/Producer: Maryam Henein
"Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.
Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.
Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S.
This documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery." http://www.vanishingbees.com