Just Confirmed: QUEEN OF THE SUN with Taggart Siegel Director in person

by Dave Jennings Thursday, April 28th, 2011 1:45pm

Director Taggart Siegel will be in attendance to answer questions about the film on Friday, Apr 29 7:30pm, Saturday, Apr 30 at 7:30pm, Sunday, May 1 at 7:30pm and Monday, May 2 7:30pm

The schedule has been finalized for screenings of QUEEN OF THE SUN through Thursday, May 5, 2011, as well as the special screenings with Director Taggart Siegel in attendance. See all scheduled screenings, please visit our SHOWTIMES page or the film page for QUEEN OF THE SUN: WHAT ARE THE BEES TELLING US?


All screenings are $9.25. Tickets will only be offered for advance sale for screening with the Director in attendance, all screenings can be purchased at the door on the day of the screenings.

Those screenings with director Q and A are as follows: Friday, Apr 29 7:30pm, Saturday, Apr 30 at 7:30pm, Sunday, May 1 at 7:30pm and Monday, May 2 7:30pm

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here


Below are some interesting press pieces on the film:

WTTW TV (PBS) 11 live interview with Taggart Siegel 4/27/11


WBEZ FM (NPR) live interview with Taggart Siegel 4/28/11

New film looks at the buzz around the worldwide bee crisis

A documentary abuzz with ecological portent
‘Queen of the Sun’ — 3 stars out of 4
By Alissa Simon, Variety
9:11 a.m. CDT, April 28, 2011
A creative exploration of the global honeybee crisis replete with remarkable nature cinematography, some eccentric characters and yet another powerful argument for organic, sustainable agriculture in balance with nature, Taggart Siegel’s attractive call-to-action documentary “Queen of the Sun” represents a natural follow-up to his prize-winning “The Real Dirt on Farmer John,” albeit never matching the latter’s depth, poignancy and humor…

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?
A documentary looks at the repercussions of the potential extinction of the bees.
By Patrick Z. McGavin 3 Stars our of 5
Siegel’s fascinating follow-up to The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005) is a droll, inquisitive and sorrowful exploration of how mechanized industrial production has occasioned a scientific phenomenon called “colony collapse disorder,” which will ostensibly lead to the extinction of the honeybee. From the provocative opening images—showing a piece of performance art in which a woman’s body is swarming with bees—the images are frequently hypnotic. Siegel navigates the globe and gives voice to a series of scientists, philosophers and organic beekeepers who point out devastating ecological repercussions of the potential loss. These subjects make charismatic and vividly drawn characters, although the film’s reliance on talking heads lessens its cinematic possibilities.

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

Taggart Siegel, director of the popular eco-doc The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005), turns his attention to the mysterious drop in honeybee populations across the U.S. and Europe, a phenomenon known as “colony collapse disorder.” Because 40 percent of American food production involves pollination by bees, CCD is serious business, and scientists have blamed everything from pesticides to viruses to cell phone use. For the most part Siegel fingers corporate agribusiness, whose shortsighted procedures include monocropping (planting the same crop acre after acre, year after year), migratory beekeeping (importing hives for systematic crop pollination), and feeding the little critters high-fructose corn syrup to keep them hopped up and ready for action. The documentary begins to lose its shape as Siegel ponders the spiritual and cultural impact of the honeybee, but it does succeed in flagging a potentially critical problem. By J.R. Jones
Director: Taggart Siegel
Producer: Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel
Cast: Vandana Shiva, Gunther Hauk and Michael Pollan


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