The Pollinators


Roxie Theater Sat, Sep 28, 2019 8:30 PM
Film Info
Director:Peter Nelson
Producer:Peter Nelson
Year of Production:2019
Film Type:Feature
Topic:Big Business
Healthy Food Systems
Running Time:92 min.


Expected Guests: Director Peter Nelson and Executive Producer Sally Roy; emcee Jason Kaminsky, SFGFF Board


A cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. The many challenges the beekeepers and their bees face en route reveal flaws to our simplified chemically dependent agriculture system. We talk to farmers, scientists, chefs and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees, what it means to our food security and how we can improve it.


  • Newport Beach Film Festival - Audience Award
  • Woods Hole International Film Festival – Best Cinematography Feature Documetnary
  • Vancouver Film Festival – Official Selection
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival – Official Selection
  • Sonoma International Film Festival – Official Selection



Healthy Planet Series Sponsor:

Kaiser Permanente


Program Sponsor:

First Republic Bank


Community Allies:

Sierra Club

Good Food Foundation

Kiss The Ground

Kitchen Table Advisors

Real Food Media


Media Partner: 

Sierra Magazine

Peter NelsonPeter Nelson's feature credits include the Emmy Award winning documentary Art & Copy, Michael Moore’s Academy Award nominated Sicko; and the cult New York romantic comedy Ed’s Next Move. An enthusiastic beekeeper, Peter has kept bees for the past 29 years in upstate New York.

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