Traveling Festival
Special Screenings

Queen of the Sun

Queen of the Sun

(83 minutes) USA

Saturday, 10/30, 3:30pm (Session XXIV)

Director/Producer: Taggart Siegel
Producer: Jon Betz


Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Juxtaposing the catastrophic disappearance of bees with the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heart-felt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.


For twenty-five years Taggart Siegel has produced and directed Emmy-nominated, award-winning documentaries. Broadcasted and distributed worldwide, Siegel's films bring compelling voices and visions to a global audience. The Real Dirt on Farmer John, Siegel's critically acclaimed documentary about a maverick visionary farmer, won thirty-one international film festivals awards and was released theatrically around the world. It was broadcast worldwide and was aired in 2007 on Independent Lens. The Real Dirt on Farmer John was written up by Roger Ebert for it's US theatrical release as "A loving, moving, inspiring, quirky documentary" and by former Vice-President Al Gore as "Unbelievably special…a real and gripping story with insight and humor." Taggart Siegel is the co-founder of Collective Eye, Inc., a nonprofit media production and distribution organization based in San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon. His most recent film, Queen of the Sun is a profound, alternative look at the bee crisis.

Jon Betz is a Portland-based documentary filmmaker and producer for Queen of the Sun. He is a graduate from Rhode Island School of Design where he received the Tiffany Rosen Scholarship Award for Excellence in Narrative Filmmaking and Fine Arts Award for Excellence in Film. Betz's work strives to maintain a high degree of artistic craft while digging deeply into the spiritual, emotional and ethical issues surrounding his characters.

Contact Information:

Collective Eye Inc.
2305 SE Yamhill, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97214
E-mail: jon@collectiveeye.org


©2010 United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)

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The 10 Conditions of Love
All At Sea
The Bicycle
Children of Gaza
Climate Refugees
The Constitution Project: Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause
Crossing Hispaniola: Stories on Statelessness and Migration
The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan
Dead End: Afghan Migrants
Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean
The Desert of Forbidden Art
Determined to Dance
Dreams Awake
Education on the Boat – Hope for Tomorrow
The First Kid to Learn English from Mexico
Home for Hawksbill
Home is Where You Find It
In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
Killing in the Name
The Last Elephants in Thailand
Let's Make Money
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Mrs. Goundo's Daughter
New American Soldier
The Old Immigrant's Dance
Oliviero Toscani - The Rage of Images
Our Summer in Tehran
Prayers for Peace
Presumed Guilty
Queen of the Sun
Rabbit a la Berlin
Rapping in Tehran
Rescuing Emmanuel
Satellite Queens
Scientists under Attack -
Genetic Engineering in the Magnetic Field of Money
Secrets of the Tribe
Sing China!
Slaves - An Animated Documentary
Stinking Ship
Strange Birds in Paradise - A West Papuan Story
There Once Was an Island
Three Songs About Motherland
Wahid's Mobile Bookstore
Waliden, Children of Others
War and Love in Kabul
War Don Don
Which Way Home
Who Killed Chea Vichea?
Without Country
World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements