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.
Jon Betz is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. His first feature film, Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? garnered 10 international awards and was critically-acclaimed during it’s U.S. theatrical release by Roger Ebert, The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Box Office Magazine. His previous film, MEMORIZE YOU SAW IT, is an intimate autobiographical documentary journaling his time as an aid worker living with former-child soldiers in Eastern Uganda.
Betz is the Director of Collective Eye Films, a non-profit media production and distribution organization dedicated to unearthing stories that make a difference. He is an advisory board member on a number of documentaries currently in production including BARGE (Ben Powell), THE INDEPENDENTS (Phil Busse) & OMELAS (Jelani Memory).
A proud graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design, Betz has worked as a director, editor and producer of commercial and independent documentary projects in locations ranging from Uganda to Jordan. He currently lives in Portland with his wife and 1-year old daughter.
Biodynamic Beekeeper & Farmer
Gunther Hauk (The Honeybee Crisis: An Opportunity to Transform Destructive Agricultural Practices and Real Food for Thought and Stomach: An Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture) is one of the central inspiring figures in Queen of the Sun. Gunther was a Waldorf teacher for 23 years and was co-founder of Spikenard Farm in 2006 and the Pfeiffer Center in 1996. Continue reading “Gunther Hauk”
Author “Omnivore’s Dilemma”
For the past twenty-five years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. Continue reading “Michael Pollan”
“Shiva … has devoted her life to fighting for the rights of the ordinary people of India … her fierce intellect and her disarmingly friendly, accessible manner have made her a valuable advocate for people all over the developing world.” — Ms. Magazine