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Please help support our efforts to create a 30 minute educational version of the award winning documentary Vanishing of the Bees.

Numerous teachers and students have requested a 30 minute educational version of Vanishing of the Bees for classroom use. In order to properly make this happen, we need your help.

Our first priority is to hire Oscar-nominated editor William Gazecki to bring the film down in length from 87 minutes to 30 minutes. With his expertise, he can tailor the film to play within the time frame of a typical class. In addition to a shorter version of the film, we will be creating a comprehensive study guide and additional materials. Experts who specialize in creating study guides as a living need to be hired. This is very time consuming and quite expensive. But the payoff is enormous because we create a tool that will be a part of schools for generations to come. We could not be more excited about the prospect of bringing the film out into the academic arena.

We wholeheartedly believe that the children of today are tomorrow’s stewards of the earth. We believe our film can serve as a powerful tool to teach students a vital message about the importance of the bees, the environment and our agricultural landscape. We’ve been impressed by the vast number of students who have expressed tremendous interest and concern and even started bee clubs and gardens in their schools as a result of having seen our film. We’ve also heard from numerous parents, telling us that the film has inspired their children and planted a seed of hope for the future of the honeybees and all life on earth.

Currently we are offering an “educational” version of our film on our website, however, this is simply a copy of our current film, which runs 87 minutes. It can go into libraries, but is too long to present in the class. And we have absolutely no study materials or special features to go along with this to help teachers with their curriculum.

To complement the classroom length version, our comprehensive study guide will be tailored to offer topical questions that instigate open dialogue and critical thinking about the bees, the environment and the way we grow food. Our newly cut DVD will also offer students special features on subjects such as the biology of hive, how to reduce pesticides around the home, and practical solutions to empower students and affect change.

After four years of hard work we are proud to see the film getting out into the world and sharing this vital information. Vanishing of the Bees is more than a movie – it is a movement. And we are relying on your help to bring the film to the students of today – and leaders of tomorrow.

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    THANK YOU on the Vanishing of the Bees website.

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    VANISHING OF THE BEES DVD - A DVD of the documentary autographed by directors George Langworthy and Maryam Henein in an eco friendly case. Thank you on the Vanishing of the Bees website.

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    DVD & BEESWAX CANDLE - A DVD of the documentary autographed by the directors in eco friendly packaging and a highest quality 3" x 4" pure beeswax pillar candle made by Big Dipper Waxworks. Thank you on the Vanishing of the Bees website.

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    DVD & T-SHIRT - A DVD of the documentary autographed by the directors in an eco friendly case and a Bee The Change T-Shirt. Thank you on the Vanishing of the Bees website.

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    DVD & SOUNDTRACK - A DVD of the documentary autographed by the directors in an eco friendly case and an autographed CD of music composed for the film - The Effective Disconnect - by Brian McBride. Thank you on the Vanishing of the Bees website.

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    MICHAEL POLLAN SPECIAL - a DVD of the documentary autographed by one of our main characters - renowned author and food activist Michael Pollan in an eco friendly case. Thank you on the Vanishing of the Bees website. Supplies are limited.

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    MICHAEL POLLAN BOX SET - a DVD of the documentary autographed by one of our main characters - renowned author and food activist Michael Pollan in an eco friendly case as well as a copy of his influential, entertaining and informative book - Food Rules. Thank you on the Vanishing of the Bees website. Supplies are limited.

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    30 MINUTE EDUCATIONAL VERSION - A DVD of the 30 minute educational cut of the documentary autographed by the directors once is has been completed - as well as a study guide and the full length version of the film. Thank you on the Vanishing of the Bees website.

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    5 PACK DVD SET - five copies of the documentary in eco friendly cases autographed by the directors George Langworthy and Maryam Henein. Thank you on the Vanishing of the Bees website.

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    DELUXE BOX SET - a DVD of the documentary autographed by the directors in an eco friendly case, a highest quality 3" x 4" pure beeswax pillar candle made by Big Dipper Waxworks, a Bee The Change T-Shirt and an autographed CD of music composed for the film - The Effective Disconnect - by Brian McBride. Thank you on the Vanishing of the Bees website.

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    ELLEN PAGE SPECIAL - a DVD of the documentary autographed by our narrator - Oscar Nominated Actress Ellen Page - in an eco friendly case. Thank you on the Vanishing of the Bees website. Supplies are limited.

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    ELLEN PAGE EXTRA SPECIAL - a DVD of the documentary autographed by our narrator - Oscar Nominated Actress Ellen Page - in an eco friendly case as well as a Bee The Change T-Shirt autographed by Ellen. Thank you on the Vanishing of the Bees website. Supplies are limited.

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    ELLEN PAGE BOX SET - a DVD of the documentary autographed by our narrator - Oscar Nominated Actress Ellen Page - in an eco friendly case, and a Bee The Change T-Shirt autographed by Ellen as well as a Vanishing of the Bees Poster autographed by Ellen. Thank you on the Vanishing of the Bees website. Supplies are limited.

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