‘American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee’ Trailer June 12th, 2009

Bees in the News September 26th, 2009

After plugging away at this film for a couple of years, it’s always interesting to see journalists attempt to uncover a new dimension to the CCD story.

For two engaging (and somewhat conflicting) articles concerning honeybees, check out these magazines:

NewScientist August 29-September 4, 2009, pg. 6

Discover October 2009, pg. 39

All I can say is that one of these articles makes a lot of sense.

Summer Buzz Beer September 16th, 2009

For those of you that have seen American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee, you know there is a segment featuring a Florida beekeeper named Steve L. Antal. He is friends with the managers and brewers at the Dunedin Brewery, which is also featured briefly. Their Summer Buzz beer is made with Antal’s local honey, which gives the brew a distinctive kick. The brewery’s manager, Travis Kruger, was nice enough to donate a small keg of this delicious beer to sample at the Central Florida Film Festival screening. Thanks Travis. The response was great.

Amusingly, I recently returned the empty keg to the Dunedin Brewery where the brewmaster told me that we “got the last Summer Buzz in the universe.”

Needless to say, I felt privileged.

Further Success September 16th, 2009

As of early September 2009, American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee is bringing its messages, information and solutions to eight film festivals including the 25th annual Boston Film Festival and the planet friendly Colorado Environmental Film Festival. The film also recently won Best Documentary at the Central Florida Film Festival (Thank you to Bob and Ginger Cook for making the festival happen).

Boston, here we come. I’m just excited to be there and enjoy the food and culture. For more information on the upcoming Colorado festival (Nov. 5-7 in Golden, Colorado), go to www.ceff.net

American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee Gets Awards July 10th, 2009

As of Friday July 10, 2009, American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee has been recognized by two emerging film festivals in the U.S. The first is the Central Florida Film Festival and the second is Accolade — one of MovieMaker Magazine’s top 25 festivals worth the entry fee. For more information on the this festival, go to www.theaccolade.net

Let’s hope the awards keep coming for the sake of getting the message out. Thanks to all who have read the blogs or seen the film so far.

Don’t Step On A Bee Day July 10th, 2009

Yes. July 10 is actually recognized as “Don’t Step On A Bee” Day. According to the USA Today’s article, “10 Great Places to Make a Beeline For the Honey,” the holiday began as a caveat against getting stung by a bee on your feet. Now, CCD and the danger of losing commercial beekeeping operations (and, therefore, our food supply) lends some economic and emotional weight to the whole situation. Here’s hoping that the holiday becomes more about saving the important creatures in the future.

And so this year, the unofficial prize for most bee friendly city goes to Chicago. As the USA Today article by Kelly DiNardo states,”Chicago is one of the few cities that allows beekeeping, and several beehives are located atop the roofs of City Hall and The Cultural Center in Chicago. The bees pollinate the flowers along Michigan Avenue and in Grant Park, rewarding the beekeepers with a few hundred jars of honey, which are sold at center to support a job-training program.”

A Gift of Sorts June 9th, 2009

In the film, we present several small, but diverse and realistic, solutions to the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder. One notable example is the compound formulated by my father, Dr. Steve Kushner. The results of a small USDA test on this compound proved that its ingredients can help raise the levels of vitellogenin (likened to good or HDL cholesterol in humans) for contaminated bees, especially when boosted by a nano-encapsulation technique.

In an extended effort to help and raise awareness, we are posting the recipe for this compound. Feel free to use it and recommend it to beekeepers or scientists you may know. The formula IS NOT FOR SALE AND NEVER WILL BE. It is a gift to anyone who values the simple power of information.

Okay, here are the ingredients that can be purchased at any good health food store.  They must be in liquid extract form for use with the bees in their sugar water.  Sometimes, they can be found in combination products.  Otherwise, they can be divided evenly for ease of use.  These are all okay for use under the banner of Fu Zheng therapy.

Fo Ti

Then, add Olive Flower Extract from Bach Flower remedies.

In the future, we may add some extra herbs because research has shown that  some-anti-fungals may help. Good luck to anyone and everyone that could use it.

Introduction April 27th, 2009

It’s been over two years now since our family became aware of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and the plight of the bees as average consumers of news and current events. We knew a little more than most about the honeybees’ role in pollination and the ecosystem, but it impacted us particularly because the news arrived at a time when the environment and the economy, in general, seemed poised for disaster.

“If honeybees become extinct, human beings will have four years left on the planet.” This quote (actually popularized by one our film’s interviewees G.W. Hayes) has been paraphrased many times over since Albert Einstein’s original version. But, it leaves quite an impression anyway. Something had to be done…or at least investigated.

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Sting Therapy April 12th, 2009


Post Production April 12th, 2009

Well, American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee is finally in its last stage of major editing. The film is split into three major parts, which does not include the intro. We are now working diligently on the last of the three parts. After that, the soundtrack just needs some editing and mixing.

It’s time for this subject to get the best treatment it can get through the ultimate artform of filmmaking. I just hope I did this important issue justice. Everyone will soon see and decide for themselves.