QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel, director of REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN . Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.
Dear Friends of Queen of the Sun,
As important as the bees, are our seeds. And the two are deeply interconnected.
We are very excited that Academy-Award winning actress Marisa Tomei, an advocate for humanitarian causes and the importance of healthy food, has joined us as Executive Producer for our new documentary, SEED! After watching QUEEN OF THE SUN, Marisa contacted us out of the blue and asked us how she could help. Weâ€™re so honored to have Marisaâ€™s passionate support. We are working together to help bring SEED to a wider audience.
Marisa shares her passion for seeds in our new Kickstarter video for our FINAL PUSH to bring SEED to completion. This is a brand-new SEED movie trailer, and weâ€™re thrilled to share it with you!
In the past hundred years, 94% percent of our seed diversity has been lost.
SEED: The Untold Story, a feature-length documentary film, tells the harrowing and heartening story of humansâ€™ 12,000-year relationship with seeds. As many irreplaceable seeds are nearing extinction, SEED unveils a David and Goliath battle for their future. The film follows an absorbing journey into â€œdoomsdayâ€ seed vaults, the colorful dedication of seed savers, and the world of indigenous tribes, who strive to protect our sacred seed ancestry. SEED celebrates the mystery, power and essential nature of seeds. Entertaining and engaging, SEED will ignite the imagination of audiences, inspiring them to be part of a brave new movement dedicated to safeguarding our worldâ€™s sustainable future.
Please share this new video with your friends to help us finish SEED. CLICK HERE to visit the official Kickstarter page and share the link with your community.
We want this film to be amazing. The seed movement deserves no less.â€¨â€¨ Every dollar contributed here is deeply appreciated. Kickstarter is all or nothing. This means that to receive the money pledged we must meet our funding goal within the funding period.
Let’s gather together to create an inspiring, uplifting film.
Taggart, Jon and the SEED Team
Queen of the Sun will be celebrating our US TELEVISION PREMIERE on Free Speech TV Monday evening at 6:30 AM, 10 AM & 7 PM PST, September 30. We are very excited to be premiering in potentially over 30 million television homes nationwide!
Queen of the Sun will be airing regularly throughout the fall harvest season. We’re so excited for the film to reach such a incredible wide audience.Â Not sure if you get Free Speech TV? You do! They stream their broadcasting live on-line. That means anyone reading this can watch Queen of the Sun from Free Speech TV’s website during the broadcast.!Â TUNE IN ON FREESPEECH.ORGÂ to find when the air date is coming up and watch Queen of the Sun!
Here’s some details on how to find FSTV on your Television: Free Speech TV is an independent, 24-hour television network airing full-time on DISH Network (9415), DIRECTV (348), and Burlington Telecom (122). FSTV is also availableâ€”as both a 24/7 linear feed and as videos-on-demandâ€”on www.freespeech.org and on Roku, an â€œover-the-topâ€ distribution platform that streams video over the Internet onto connected television sets.
We are proud to be the FEATURED FILM for Whole Food Market’s “Do Something Reel” ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL for the entire month of JUNE! Please share, watch and be part of this great film festival and see brand-new exclusive interviews with Taggart, Jon & Gunther Hauk.
Whole Foods is also hosting a Bee Awareness Campaign throughout June in stores across the country. As part of this, they will host screenings, dinners and events with Queen of the Sun. Check the event calendar for screening times and locations.
Proceeds from the DO SOMETHING REEL Film Festival go to benefit Whole Foods new Film Grant for Green Films.
“The beauty of a seed is that out of one you can get millions. The beauty of the pollinator is that it turns that one into the millions. And that is an economics of abundance.” – Vandana Shiva
With the coming of spring, we’re reminded of our sacred relationship with honeybees that so many ancient civilizations recognized. Whether it’s mason bees or honeybees, millions of beings are assisting us as we strive to improve our world. Much like the Egyptians and the Mayans before us, we give thanks in our own way supporting nature and planting flowers or simply putting up a solitary bee hive or a clean basin of water.
WATCH ONLINE FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
Queen of the Sun is now available to watch online from any country in the world through our website.Â If you share the film via your website or blog you can earn a 10% kickback every-time someone watches the film. Click here and hit the “share” link in the video player to learn more about how you can help the message of QUEEN OF THE SUN go viral.
We now have an educational curriculum available for free on our website. This curriculum is widely accessible to broad audiences. It is beautifully written by Lauren Johnson, a Waldorf Teacher who wants to give educators and students a way to learn about bees through art, science, history and poetry. Download it for free. Inside is a guide to creating your own urban beehive tour and a sample letter that was used to create a bee day in the City of Portland. Draft your own and take it to your mayor to help create change for the bees!
IT’S A FACT: PESTICIDES ARE KILLING BEES
Read more from Mother Jones about the latest study that has skeptics taking notice of the devastating effects of pesticides.
Bee part of the change and help ban deadly pesticides that are killing bees. Please sign this petition from Organic Consumer’s Association.
HOST A COMMUNITY SCREENING OF GREAT AGRICULTURAL FILMS
Create your own Community ScreeningsÂ of four inspiring award-winning environmental documentaries: QUEEN OF THE SUN, GREENHORNS, INGREDIENTSÂ and THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN. These films have created grass-roots change in communities across the globe and have cultivated everything from a resurgence in young farming to local food consumption and community supported agriculture. Visit Collective Eye Films to learn more.
We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you all again for your support of Queen of the Sun.
Taggart, Jon & The Queen of the Sun Team