Local Films will Premier at 2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

November 10, 2011

Three local films will have their world premier at the 2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. The filmmakers will all be in attendance at the Festival, and will speak in conjunction with their film. Nevada City must be a buzz about local honey production, since two of these films discuss bees. BEE is a fictional mystery and love story centered around Colony Collapse Disorder. The Quest for Local Honey follows two Nevada City citizens searching for local honey, who discover the importance of bees and honey to human society and local ecosystems along the way. The third local film presented at the 2012 Film Festival is Save Sharks, Get Involved. The film is a moving call to action to protect sharks against harvesting for shark fin soup. For more information, see the film summaries below, visit the films’ websites, and join us at the Festival to see the films on the big screen and meet the filmmakers.

BEE (20 minutes) tells the story of a young entomologist returning to her hometown to investigate the death of her dad’s honey bees and stumbles upon racial prejudices, lies and old family feuds. Filmmaker Raphael Hitzke was interested in creating a unique film with a strong story and strong characters to bring the terrible fate of the honeybees to a broader audience. Many documentaries have researched Colony Collapse Disorder but there are few fiction- based films, which makes this fictional mystery and love story unique. JB Dunckel  (The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation) wrote the original score. Breeda Wool and Frank Ashmore play the lead roles. For more information, visit http://www.bee-film.com/.

The Quest for Local Honey (30 minutes) follows two Nevada County honey enthusiasts exploring the life & lore of honey bees and the challenges of beekeeping. Filmmakers Karin Meadows and Jen Rhi Winders travel from Nevada City to the coast of Northern California to taste hidden honey and learn about the stressors in the honey bee world, including Colony Collapse Disorder. For more information, visit http://www.questforlocalhoney.com/.


Save Sharks, Get Involved (4 minutes) celebrates sharks while urging us to ban shark hunting for shark fin soup. It is projected that sharks will become extinct within 30 years, since our gluttony for shark fin soup has removed 80% of sharks worldwide. Filmmaker Jeff Litton returns to the Festival with this film following last year’s screening of his film Sarcastic Fringehead Quarrel. Litton writes, “Sharks: the coolest animals on the planet happen to be some of the most important for the health of our oceans. They have 6 senses, (we only have 5) they have thrived since before Dinosaurs, and they keep our oceans healthy by maintaining balance.” This film quickly creates awareness and inspires us to get involved to save our oceans’ sharks.

In addition to these local films, we will also be featuring Someplace with a Mountain, (55 minutes) which tells the story of a small group of Islands Atolls that are disappearing because of sea rise. The people who live there did not understand the cause of sea rise until sailor and filmmaker Steve Goodall, traveled to the Atolls and shared Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. What follows is a search for higher land. While this film takes us far from Northern California, many Grass Valley residents worked on this film’s production. For more information visit www.someplacewithamountain.org.



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