About the Film

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.

SEED: The Untold Story – The Final Push

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. We’re so honored to have Marisa’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 we’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 humans’ 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 “doomsday” 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 world’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.

 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

US Television Premiere!


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. 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.! TUNE IN ON FREESPEECH.ORG 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 available—as both a 24/7 linear feed and as videos-on-demand—on www.freespeech.org and on Roku, an “over-the-top” distribution platform that streams video over the Internet onto connected television sets.

Queen at 2010 IDFA: Green Screen Competition

QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? has been officially selected for the IDFA Green Screen Documentary Competition!

IDFA (International Documentary FIlm Festival Amsterdam) is a prestigious film festival that takes places yearly to celebrate some of the best documentary films by acclaimed filmmakers from around the world. Previous selections include the oscar-winning The Cove and award-winning documentaries Last Train Home, Burma VJ and RIP: A Remix Manifesto. IDFA attracts distributors, TV broadcasters, industry and press from around the world for nearly two weeks and provides a true platform to bring documentaries into global spotlight.

IDFA runs from Nov. 17 – 28. Click here for our screening times.

Taggart Siegel

For 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced and directed Emmy-nominated, award-winning documentaries that present vital perspectives rarely seen on mainstream media. His latest film, QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? received critical-acclaim during it’s theatrical release and garnered over 10 international awards. His previous film, the 2006 grass-roots hit THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN, about a maverick visionary farmer, won 31 international film festivals awards and was broadcast and theatrically released worldwide.

Siegel is also known for his award-winning films THE SPLIT HORN: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS and BLUE COLLAR AND BUDDHA which capture the struggle of refugees in America. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Collective Eye, Inc., a non-profit media production and distribution organization based in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco.

To watch more of Taggart Siegel’s films visit collectiveeye.org