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Portland EcoFilm Festival: More Than Honey

[ONE NIGHT ONLY] John Miller, owner of Miller Honey Farms, stops his truck in the middle of an orchard exploding with almond blossoms and the thick sound of his bees. “Can you hear that?” he asks. “That’s the sound of money.” Miller is one of the more capitalistic interviewees in Markus Imhoof’s documentary More Than Honey, which chronicles modern honeymaking and mass bee deaths around the world. An old-school Swiss beekeeper insists on “racial purity” (of the bees, thankfully), and a Chinese woman runs a business collecting and selling pollen, as her country long ago killed off its bee population. Imhoof includes many macro shots, filmed at 70 frames per second—he claims this captures bee movement the best—and these images of dancing and swarming bees go beyond simple nature documentary. However, the natural beauty of More Than Honey is largely invalidated by artificial, computer-generated shots, such as bees against a night sky.

Special Note

Hollywood Theatre. 7 pm Thursday, July 11
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Release Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
  • Country: Germany
  • Language: German
  • Critic's Score: B-
  • Directed by: Markus Imhoof [Director]
  • Watch the trailer

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