A panel discussion follows the October 23 screening.
Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (The Boat is Full) tackles the vexing issue of why bees are facing worldwide extinction. He “captures the breeding of queen bees in minute detail, ventures to a laboratory to witness a bee brain scan, 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." —IndieWire
Panelists • Shelley Rice, a local beekeeper, has always had an interest in bees and decided to enroll in a beekeeping class atLeisure Learning in 2008. She is Haven’s professional beekeeper and also keeps bees for Last Organic Outpost, New Danville, and Blackwood Educational Land Institute.
• Dean Cook is a forest gardener and beekeeper. His interest in bees emerged out of his love for gardening. He teaches classes on top bar hives focusing on organic pest management, and he is an organizer for an annual beekeeping conference held by the Central Texas Beekeeping Association.
•Juliana Rangel-Posada, an assistant professor in apiculture at Texas A&M University, is responsible for designing a research program that focuses on finding solutions to problems that face the apiculture industry. She also teaches courses in honey-bee biology to undergraduate and graduate students.
• William Isbell, master gardener, is a volunteer with several local organizations, including Recipe for Success Foundation, HISD, the Parrish School, and the Harris County Master Gardener Association, where he is first vice president and serves as an entomology and vegetable specialist.
Food Day (foodday.org) is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. As part of the Food Day 2013 focus on food education, MFAH Films has partnered with Food Day Houston organizers Recipe for Success Foundation for this screening.
Community partner: Recipe for Success
Special thanks to the Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta