Pollinators, The Directed
Peter Nelson USA / 2019 / 93 minutes New York Premiere
Times and Venues:
WOODSTOCK Upstate Films
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Peter Nelson, Sally Roy
Our complex food system rests on the wings of the honey bee and the commercial beekeepers who move them from farm to orchard, pollinating the crops that produce the food we eat. And right now honey bees are dying in record numbers due to parasites, pesticides, poor nutrition, and habitat loss. Can anything be done to protect them?
Hudson Valley filmmaker Peter Nelson is also a beekeeper, making his quest to tell the bee’s story personal as well as critical on a world scale. His cinematographic skills and commitment coalesce in a conversation with farmers, scientists, chefs, economists, and academics (many from the Hudson Valley) who provide a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees and what this means to our food security. Their storytelling reminds us that a solution is possible if we recognize the contribution these fascinating insects make to our lives and take a conscious approach to their care and preservation. This beautifully crafted film offers tangible evidence to the notion that, indeed, we are all connected. —Jess Giacobbe
BIO: Peter Nelson, a Hudson Valley local, has been a director of photography for the past 27 years and has a diverse body of work, including documentaries, feature films and commercials. The Pollinators is his feature debut as a director. Select feature credits include the Emmy Award-winning documentary Art & Copy, Michael Moore’s Sicko, Pipe Dream, and the cult New York romantic comedy Ed’s Next Move. Peter has done domestic and international documentary work for PBS, HBO, National Geographic, Discovery, and the BBC. His short film, Dance of the Honey Bee, had its broadcast premiere on PBS. Commercial work includes campaigns for IBM, Google, SNHU, Black Rock, ESPN/NASCAR, and many others. Peter received a B.F.A. in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. A passion for nature and documentaries keeps leading him back to explore the intersection between people and the natural world around us.
Cast/Featuring: Dave Hackenberg, Bret Adee, Susan Kegley, Bill McKibben, Dan Barber
Executive Producer(s): Sally Roy
Producer(s): Peter Nelson, Sally Roy, Michael Reuter
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