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Post Production Sunday, 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.

American Colonies’ Scientists and Professors Get Published Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Two of the interviewees featured in American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee were recently published in the April 2009 issue of Scientific American magazine. Dr. Diana Cox-Foster of Penn State University and Apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp wrote a joint article entitled Saving the Honeybee, which explains the entire issue of Colony Collapse Disorder and features other people in the film such as Migratory Beekeeper Dave Hackenberg. Check out the story on pg. 40 to get up to speed before seeing the film (now in the trenches of post-production).

Eccentric Beekeepers Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Beekeepers, as some of you out there may already know, are enigmatic, eccentric and often times, brilliant people.

First of all, what brings a person to this sort of occupation unless they inherit it or have some lifelong passion about the insects themselves? It’s hard to say, but one thing is for sure. This breed is endlessly intriguing. They not only regulate the existence of one of the world’s most elusive suppliers, but they do so with great personal risk and sincerity.

One beekeeper featured in American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee, Steven L. Antal, is a particularly fascinating character living in Dunedin, Florida. He keeps bees, sells honey to a local brewery, does house infestation calls, keeps his tolerance up by getting stung 30-50 times a week, and in his spare time, he conducts experiments in his homemade lab as a chemist/scientist.

One consistent part of his experiments involves removing cadmium from electronic equipment and then harnessing gold from the remaining elements. Currently, there are thousands of dollars in gold shavings sitting in a jar in his kitchen — not a bad thing to have lying around during these tough socioeconomic times.

Garbage Pail Bees Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Interestingly enough, the co-editor and sound mixer of American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee, Tim Powers, recently reported that his father’s waste management business found a cluster of bees inside one of their trucks. This is not the first time they’ve found a small group of the pollinators seeking refuge in one of their waste management vehicles.

What does this mean? Is it a small overarching symptom of the greater problem at hand.

They called in an entomologist from the University of South Florida and surmised that the cluster contained a queen and some worker bees. Apparently, this situation sometimes arises when a queen is older or unhealthy and she is ousted from the colony and replaced by another queen. A small group of loyal workers accompanies her to a new location — a garbage truck in this instance. Unfortunately, this cluster’s days are surely numbered.

Canadian Colonies Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Yes, the film is entitled American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee, but that doesn’t mean that the ravages of Colony Collapse Disorder aren’t felt elsewhere. In fact, the rapid and mysterious decline in honeybees and other pollinators is a global problem (environmentally and economically).

Previous evidence showed that the problem was the worst in the United States and Australia. Plus, America’s arc of history is a great prism/perspective to see this issue through. However, places like Canada and China are deeply involved as well. Actually, any country significantly engaged in globalization along with the juggernaut United States is deeply involved.

Interestingly, one of the film’s key narrators provided some insight into how Canada is approaching their battle with CCD. And, I paraphrase: Canadian beekeepers were paid $100 per hive by the Canadian government to call the phenomenon something else besides Colony Collapse Disorder.

What message does this send to you?

To further justify the potentially limiting title of the film, Canada can still technically be categorized as an America.