Beekeeping is the world’s second-oldest profession, claims one of the men in Jeremy Simmons’ documentary The Last Beekeeper. The film examines the lives of three commercial beekeepers, one each from South Carolina, Montana, and Washington, over the course of a year as they struggle with Colony Collapse Disorder, the cause of that disturbing disappearance of the little stingers. Cameras follow the three when they take their bees to California’s annual almond pollination, an event so huge and so important that it requires almost every bee in the US. “If all the bees die,” says one of the beekeepers, “what do you have to live for?” Indeed. (Watch preview here)
The Last Beekeeper, a World of Wonder production produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, will screen at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival this Saturday, March 14, at 9:30PM and on Tuesday, March 17, at 6:30PM.