Last June beekeepers, farmers, farmworkers, scientists and environmentalists came together to organize the “Keep the Hives Alive Tour.” A truck carrying 2.5 million dead bees was driven across the country in order to raise awareness about the plight of pollinators and how toxic pesticides contribute to their decline. Along the way, beekeepers, farmers, scientists, and community leaders were interviewed about the issue and ways we can all work together to save bees. The Keep the Hives Alive film tells the story of the tour, including how beekeepers, farmers and community leaders are all coming together to help solve this problem.
Goals of the screenings:
A screening can be as small as just you and a few of your friends and family at your house, or as big as a theater or community venue with hundreds of people. It’s our hope that with your help, we’ll be able to hold hundreds of screenings across the country to amplify these important messages and inspire communities to become engaged in the fight to protect pollinators.
Hosting a screening is easy! Below are some tips to help you. If you have any questions or need help preparing, please drop us a line at KeepHivesAlive@gmail.com.
Instructions for hosting a movie screening for bees:
Let us know about your screening here: http://cfs.center/kthascreening
6:00pm-6:20pm: Guests arrive and enjoy snacks. Be sure to collect e-mail addresses from everyone using the sign-up sheet.
6:20pm-6:30pm: Host introduces the film and any speakers and gives an overview of the night’s agenda.
6:30pm-7:00pm: Watch the Keep the Hives Alive film.
7:00pm-7:30pm: Question & answer session/discussion and plans for further community action.
7:30pm-8:00: Wrap up the event.
This is just a sample movie screening program. Be creative! Invite local guest speakers (beekeepers, farmers, gardeners, environmental activists, etc.), have bee-pollinated food or a bee-pollinated potluck!
Picking a venue:
Here are a few ideas for where to host your screening. Screenings can range from small, intimate gatherings to larger community gatherings.
Spread the word:
If you’re planning a community or public screening, let folks in your community know about the event. Here are some tips for publicizing your screening so folks turn out.
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