date tba | regular admission prices
The Loft Cinema presents a special Science on Screen presentation of the new documentary, The Pollinators, featuring a live pre-show presentation/discussion about bees and the environment! Guest speaker TBA.
Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
“Fascinating … presents a picture of modern agriculture from a point of view few think about.” – Jay Seaver, efilmcritic.com
Our complex food system relies on the work of bees pollinating our fruits, vegetables and nuts. Throughout the country, the honey bee population has been decreasing, threatening our agricultural systems and the diversity of our farmland. With the introduction of new and resilient pesticides, increases in large scale monoculture farming, global warming, and the influence of corporate interests over the EPA and USDA came the decline of the honey bee. The Pollinators follows beekeepers as they transport colonies of bees across America’s farmland, struggling to meet the demands to sustain our current level of food production. With most of the work of transporting bees being done at night, most of America never sees this integral piece of our food system. Farmers, scientists and academics offer up perspectives on ways we can change and improve our agricultural systems to establish more sustainable practices that will protect our diversity and quality of produce for future generations. (Dir. by Peter Nelson, 2019, USA, 92 mins., Not Rated)