On October 8th thru Ocober 15th, the new, feature documentary, "QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the bees telling us?" will be playing at the Merrill’s Roxy Cinema. "Queen of the Sun" was directed by Portland filmmaker Taggart Siegel and producer Jon Betz. "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" Siegel's previous film, was a huge grass-roots success, winning 31 film festival awards around the world. Roger Ebert called the ‘Real Dirt on Farmer John’, “a loving, moving, inspiring, quirky, documentary”.

Nearly three years in the making, "Queen of the Sun", Siegel's eagerly anticipated new film, deals with one of the most pertinent and important issues of our time, the recent decline of honeybee colonies around the world. "Without bees," Albert Einstein said, "man would only have four years of life left." Queen of the Sun takes a profound, alternative look at the tragic global bee crisis. Juxtaposing the catastrophic disappearance of bees with the mysterious world of the beehive, the film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heart-felt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world. Ultimately, "Queen of the Sun" reveals both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. (WWW.QUEENOFTHESUN.COM)

"Queen of the Sun" features national best-selling author Michael Pollan, world-famous biodynamic beekeeper Gunther Hauk, Indian Activist Vandana Shiva, and beekeepers from as far away as New Zealand and Switzerland. Carlo Petrini, Slow Food Founder, notes in the film "Without bees there would be no agriculture, I repeat, no agriculture. Bees are the insects that guarantee fruit's growth and survival." People from all walks of life are keeping bees in the city, who in turn produce local honey and pollinate our neighborhoods & gardens. Man is crucial to the survival of bees, and likewise, it is the bees efforts that are a big part of what keeps the city and the world vibrant and blooming. Cities are one of the best places for bees because of the diversity of flowers, herbs and trees and the decreased use of pesticides.


Roxy Cinema has invited Vermont beekeepers Scott and Valarie Wilson to be on-site in the lobby for the Saturday evening shows (Oct 9th). They will have an observation hive on display, be available for Q&A, and provide tastings of this years honey harvest. The Wilson run Heavenly Honey Apiary in Monkton, VT

Honey products will be made available for purchase.


With a collaborative spirit, Siegel & Betz worked with Collective Eye, a Portland, OR.-based non-profit production and distribution organization to create Queen of the Sun. The duo fought an uphill battle to fund the film during the heart of the economic collapse. Bypassing traditional financing for a community-based approach, the two worked together to fundraise money to complete the film. They also took on many roles themselves. Siegel is an experienced cinematographer and shot much of the film, and with Betz's background in social issue documentaries and film editing the two worked together to build the story from the ground up.

"Queen of the Sun" has received wide national acclaim on the festival circuit, including awards at the Nashville & Maui Film Festival, and rave reviews with sold-out screenings at the Seattle International Film Festival. Film.com recently called Queen of the Sun, "Stunning...as soulful as it is scientific, as uplifting as it is alarming." The Seattle Times called the film, "3 and a half stars out of 4 - An irresistible romance about the essential role that honeybees play in maintaining earth's fragile ecosystem."

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