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This project is a short portrait documentary about the Pittsburgh-based urban beekeeper, Stephen Repasky
This project is a short portrait documentary about the Pittsburgh-based urban beekeeper, Stephen Repasky
86 backers pledged $2,655 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Stephen Repasky's bio at Burgh Bees

My Website

The music for the film will be provided by Tom Brosseau.

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    An personal thank you via email for supporting independent filmmaking and local, sustainable agriculture.

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    An downloadable HD version of the short film before it is released to the public.

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    Your name in the credits of the film under special thanks.

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    A 2oz Honey Bear filled with honey from Meadow Sweet Apiaries in Pittsburgh, PA. Please include 5.50 for shipping. Local pick up or drop off can be arranged. Includes rewards #1, #2, #3

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    A CD Copy of "Posthumous Success" by Tom Brosseau which includes the music used in this film. This includes Rewards #1, #2, and #3. Please add $5.50 for shipping. Local pick up or drop off can be arranged.

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    8oz of Fresh Honey from Meadow Sweet Apiaries in Pittsburgh, PA. Please add $5.50 for shipping. Local pick up or drop off can be arranged. This includes Rewards #1, #2, and #3.

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    A jar of creamed Honey from Meadow Sweet Apiaries in Pittsburgh, PA. Creamed Honey is a special, delicious and spreadable honey. Please add $5.50 for shipping. Local pick up or drop off can be arranged. This includes Rewards #1, #2, and #3.

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    8oz of Fresh Honey and a CD Copy of "Posthumous Success" by Tom Brosseau which includes the music used in this film. Please add $5.50 for shipping. Local pick up or drop off can be arranged. This includes Rewards #1, #2, and #3.

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    8oz of Fresh Honey, a jar of Creamed Honey and a CD Copy of "Posthumous Success" by Tom Brosseau which includes the music used in this film. Please add $5.50 for shipping. Local pick up or drop off can be arranged. This includes Rewards #1, #2, and #3.

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    One jar of "Built in" Cut Comb Honey: unique jar of honey in which honey bees have built delicate wax comb inside the jar itself and filled the cells with honey. Liquid honey is the poured into the jar to fill the remaining voids creating a unique blend of liquid and cut comb honey. All contents are edible. A delightful blend of tastes and texture for your taste buds! Think of it as a bee-made sculpture that you can eat. A very unique item because it takes the bees several months to complete. , PA. Please include 5.50 for shipping. Local pick up or drop off can be arranged. This includes Rewards #1, #2, and #3.

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    2 hours with Beekeeper Stephen Repasky. Tour his apiaries and learn about Bees, Honey, Pollination, etc. Backer + 1 guest. This includes reward #1, #2, #3 and #9

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    Underwrite this short film. Your name or company will be the very first thing shown in the film. For example: "Your company presents:" I have the right not to accept underwriting if it does not fit with the film. I won't accept an extermination company, for example. This includes reward #1, #2, #3 and #9

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