Silence of the bees? New documentary addresses mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder.

The Jerome Foundation is proud to screen two wonderful films as part of the MCF 2010 Annual Convening. On Thursday, October 28th, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm join me and Alyce Myatt, the Executive Director of Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media, for Dinner and a Movie. Admission to this first-of-its-kind program is free with the price of registration to the Annual Convening.

The first film is a powerful documentary entitled Colony which takes a look at the mysterious mass deaths of bee colonies throughout the United States, a phenomena referred to as Colony Collapse Disorder. Beautifully filmed by Ross McDonnell, and skillfully edited by Carter Gunn, Colony is a riveting look at an unlikely issue with profound and unexpected environmental and economic impact.

We are excited to announce that recent MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient, Marla Spivak will be attending Dinner and Movie event. Dr. Spivak is a professor of entomology at the University of Minnesota who is internationally known for her research into honeybees.

Her MacArthur Genius Award is a powerful acknowledgment of that research.  She will be available to comment on honeybee collapse syndrome currently striking much of the country, as well as answer your questions about this mysterious disappearance of honeybees.

The second film, Flourtown, is a beautiful 8-minute drama by Minneapolis-based filmmaker, Bill Slichter.  In an alternate reality, Flourtown is a city owned and run by a group of rich and powerful industrialists whose choices have devastating impacts on the film’s protagonists.

The film is a mixture of live-action and computer generated animation that is visually exquisite. Its look and feel are the result of combining over 500 paintings with live action footage shot in HD video.  A team of over 100 talented artists and craftspeople came together to build props, make miniatures, design costumes and build sets, and create computer generated special effects.

Both Colony and Flourtown are highly effective representations of the power of media in telling both non-fictional and fictional stories that address important issues of our times.

If you’re involved in funding the arts and media, or are just interested in an opportunity to join us for an evening of thought-provoking entertainment, please  sign-up to attend this special program when you register for the convening.

- Robert Byrd, Jerome Foundation program director

For a preview of Colony, watch the clip below.

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