IFF Boston: Colony

26 April 2010, 7:29 am

Carter Gunn and Ross McDonnell’s documentary about the modern bee industry has an unusual structure: there’s some get-you-up-to-speed background info (the money is not in honey, in but in trucking hives around the country to pollinate seasonal crops), and then the picture is roughly split between the struggles of the Seppi family — who describe themselves as having hive-like specialization — to maintain their pollination business, and an examination into Colony Collapse Disorder. Make no mistake, Colony Collapse Disorder is some scary stuff, not least because the root cause (or causes) have not yet been identified. The footage of the the Seppi’s tribulations is often startlingly raw. Gunn and McDonnell’s cinematography is often striking — the film is filled with beautiful and arresting images. I found it thought-provoking, which is certainly one measure of success, but on some level its disparate components didn’t quite gel into a whole for me.

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