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JUNE Featured Film in Whole Foods Market’s “Do Something Reel” Online Film Festival

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.

Watch QUEEN OF THE SUN now with SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

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Spring Newsletter & Teaching Curriculum

“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 websiteIf 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.

EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM

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 Screenings of four inspiring award-winning environmental documentaries: QUEEN OF THE SUN, GREENHORNS, INGREDIENTS 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.

Warm Regards,

Taggart, Jon & The Queen of the Sun Team


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QUEEN OF THE SUN NOW RELEASED ON DVD! Subtitled in 16 Languages

Today is a day for celebration here at the Collective Eye and Queen of the Sun! The QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us? DVD is now available for Home Use.

WATCH INSTANT (does not include 16 languages or special features)

This DVD includes bonus features including:

• A Tour of Wild & Wonderful Beehives
• How you can Help
• Over 25 Amazing Bee Facts
• “Bug Song” Music Video
• Yvon Recites Poetry to his Bees
• Interviews with Gunther Hauk & Vandana Shiva and more!

Perhaps most exciting to us, with this new DVD we have been laboring incredibly hard along with a group of dedicated friends and translators from many countries. They’ve translated the film into a whopping 16 LANGUAGES (!) We’re so excited to be able to better reach an international audience all around the globe who has helped make QUEEN OF THE SUN a film with earth-wide impact.

Beginning today, we’re NOW SHIPPING the DVD!

Also soon to come:

• A full-color QUEEN OF THE SUN BOOK put out by Clairview Press with original essays on bees, the global bee decline and the philosophy of sustainable beekeeping by Gunther Hauk, Johannes Wirz, Kerry Grefig, David Heaf, Jacqueline Freeman, Horst Kornberger and poetry by U.K. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

• A QUEEN OF THE SUN App for Mobile Devices with all of the Extras featured on the DVD!

Please tell your friends to watch this wonderful and inspiring film. Let’s make a 2012 a year for the BEES!

Warmest Regards to all of you,

Taggart, Jon & The Queen of the Sun Team

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Recent Screenings: Bioneers and the Biodynamic Assocation Conference

“Bioneers is inspiring a shift to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations.”

This is the core mission of Bioneers, a non-profit organization promoting “revolution from the heart of nature.” Taggart Siegel, the director of “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?” attended their annual three-day conference held in San Rafael, CA last month where our film was one of several featured screenings. The title of this year’s conference was “From Breakdown to Breakthrough: Transforming Civilization in the Age of Nature,” a theme that speaks directly to our relationship with honey bees and the need to rebuild a world that nurtures the pollinators so vital to a sustainable future.

People came from all over the world to discuss and explore new ways to foster ecological innovation and harmony with nature.

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Gunther Hauk at Spikenard Farm

The weekend was chock-full of inspiring programs and activities focused on topics from “Grassroots Healthcare Models”  to “Developing an Ecology of Love,”  and in between events, delicious sustainably farmed food was enjoyed by all. In addition, Gunther Hauk, a biodynamic beekeeper featured in the film, hosted a powerful workshop about Colony Collapse Disorder and what we must  do to reverse the tragic cycle of honey bee decline. To learn more about Gunther, visit the website for Spikenard Farm and Honeybee Sanctuary.

The energy surrounding this dialogue was truly inspiring, and with many biodynamic beekeepers in attendance, the future of bees was a fundamental piece of the conversation. Bees provide an ideal illustration for the type of mutual cooperation and connectivity that the Bioneers goals pursue. Pollination is the thread that unites flora and fauna, and the bees remind us of the importance of preserving the delicate balance of nature and of using it as a model for our own society. Taggart and and Gunther were honored to be a part of this event, and the film was well-received by an ethusiastic full house.

This month, the film also screened at another conference hosted by the Biodynamic Association in the UK. This event focuses directly on “The Future of Agriculture” and features interactive workshops that emphasize a biodynamic approach to farming. One workshop specifically explores solutions to bee decline, recognizing bees as “the heart of the biodynamic farm.” This workshop is taught by Heidi Herrmann, one of the founding members of the Natural Beekeeping Trust, an organization we were lucky enough to work with on Taggart’s recent trip to Europe.

Here at “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” we have been incredibly moved by the overwhelming fervor of so many people coming together to support this cause. If you missed these conferences, don’t forget that you can host your own Community Screening or pre-order your copy of the DVD soon to be released. There is still a long way to go to ensure future stability for the bees and for the planet, but if the Bioneers and Biodynamic Association Conferences were an indication of positive change, we know that together we can save the bees!

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The Heirloom Seed Exposition

“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?”

Wildflowers

Earlier this fall, we were honored to be one of the featured films at the first national Heirloom Seed Exposition held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California. This was a spectacular three-day event bringing together farmers, gardeners, and eco-enthusiasts from all over the world to promote the sustainable cultivation of genetically pure seeds. Heirloom plants come from seeds that are naturally reproduced, openly pollinated, and handed down from generation to generation; this cycle of growth and rebirth is dependent upon pollinators like bees, and the bees in turn depend upon this biodiversity of flora, creating an essential partnership that keeps the earth in balance.

Over 2,000 heirloom varieties of vibrantly colored flowers, fruits, and vegetables were featured at the Expo, and each day was filled with vendors, lectures, art exhibits, and activities surrounding the cause. Keynote speakers at the event included Alice Waters, chef of Chez Panisse and advocate of locally-grown ingredients, as well as Dr. Vandana Shiva, well-known eco-activist who appears in Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? and has introduced the film at past screenings. Dr. Shiva’s speech addresses the rise of corporations such as Monsanto, misconceptions about the food industry, and the vast benefits achieved by ecological farming. You can listen to clips of her speech here.

With the theme of the Expo surrounding natural plant reproduction, the role of bees was an inevitable facet of the conversation. Scientists have confirmed that there are many factors that contribute to Colony Collapse Disorder and the decline of honey bees, but many problems can be traced back to large GMO organizations and commercially farmed monocrops. Due to modern agriculture’s focus on genetically engineered clones for mass production, bees are subject to pesticide contamination, lack of consistent food supply, and careless beekeeping practices among many other plights.

Dr. Vandana Shiva

The Heirloom Seed Exposition was a great opportunity to demonstrate the importance of returning to a world of biodiverse food sources. If we ever hope to reverse the catastrophic pattern of bee decline, we must support the growth of organically cultivated plants from pure heirloom seeds. We were so grateful to be a part of this inspiring platform; not only are heirloom seeds good for the planet, but their produce is often healthier and more delicious, too. To support biodiversity is to help the bees, and we can’t wait to be part of the second annual Expo next year!