Matthew Lickona 5 p.m., May 19
More Than Honey
Everything you always wanted to know about honeybees but never thought to ask is answered in a sweet documentary. Who knew that one-third of what we eat would not exist without these plant-pollinating “messengers of love”? But across the globe, bees are rapidly and mysteriously dying off. Director Markus Imhoof (The Boat Is Full) set out to explore the phenomenon that’s become known as “colony collapse disorder.” For people like Imhoof (his family has kept honeybees for generations) beekeeping is an honored way of life. He traverses the planet speaking with scientists, apiarists, and businessmen. The film eventually begins to ramble; rather than carefully cobbling together the various personalities and their stories, Imhoof trips up viewers by fracturing the narrative with his willy-nilly insertion of random swatches of hive-talk. But even so, More than Honey is abuzz with stories to tell. 2013.
- Review: "Messengers of Love" • July 31, 2013