Update: Success! (but dont' stop). We have reached our goal with time to spare but there are several things I could do with funding beyond the original $1250 goal. Read about them on Update #4
Thank you so much to everyone who has already contributed!
One lazy April Sunday, a group of honey bees spotted a hole in the wall of my house and decided that it would make a cozy new home. I didn't think that it was such a good idea, but knowing how valuable honey bees are to agriculture, I didn't want to just call an exterminator. When I searched online for someone who could peacefully resolve this apian housing dispute, I met local bee keeper Stephen Repasky. I watched him observe the bees and was impressed by his knowledge and understanding of these tiny creatures. He was able to "trick" them into moving out of our wall and into a hive that he had brought. The thought then occurred to me that he would be a fascinating subject for a short documentary.
The goal of this Kickstarter project is to create a glimpse into the work of Stephen Repasky and the reason he does it. I believe it is important to generate awareness of people like him, who are leading the way in local and sustainable agricultural practices. It is my hope that this documentary will be seen by many people and provide evidence that local, sustainable agriculture is not only a possibility, but that it is reality.
By supporting this project you will not only be supporting local, sustainable agriculture, you will also be supporting independent filmmaking. Filmmakers like myself have a hard time making a living doing what we love. The creative projects we want to make are rarely the projects that can put food on the table.
Finally, when you support this project you are supporting the Honey Bees. I am sure many of you know how important Honey Bees are. Plants rely on pollination by bees to reproduce, and a majority of the food that you eat has benefitted from this important relationship between Honey Bee and plant.
When the documentary is finished it will be released publicly for free on Youtube, Vimeo, etc. As an artist, I want the maximum possible amount of people to see my work, and I see no benefit in locking it down. This Kickstarter will allow me to achieve this by covering the production costs.
Bees are magical creatures. I have been observing the bees since they moved into the hive brought by Stephen Repasky and I have started to understand why he has dedicated himself to tending to them. I hope that this documentary will give some insight into the mind of a beekeeper and give everyone who watches it an appreciation for what he does and the creatures he does it for.
The music for the film will be provided by Tom Brosseau.
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