by Maryam Henein & George Langworthy, published on June 20, 2010|
We have exciting news to share ~ Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page (JUNO) has recorded the narration for the U.S version of Vanishing of the Bees!
Since completing the film for the UK release last fall, we knew we had some changes to make and would need to re-record the narration. We wanted a woman to represent the sister society within a beehive. And we also wanted someone with celebrity starpower that could draw audiences and spread the message about the bees. But most importantly, we wanted someone who was personally concerned about the bees and the greater issues their plight represents.
After a local fundraiser, our friend Peter Youngblood Hills asked for a copy of the film. Unbeknownst to us he was taking it to his friend Leonardo DiCaprio. On the movie set of Inception a few weeks later, Ellen Page got upset at one of the crew members who had swatted and killed a bee.
You should meet my friend Peter, he was saving bees out of my pool last week, her co-star Leonardo joked and he told her about our documentary.
Peter and Ellen did meet and he had the brilliant idea to show her our film! She was so moved that she cried while seeing our UK version. Knowing we were looking for a U.S. narrator Peter arranged for us to meet. Soon afterward, at a restaurant in Larchmont Village in Los Angeles - we met with Ellen and she agreed to narrate our documentary!
We were both blown away by Ellen. She was personable and humble and smart. She got it! She got how important the film is and how her 'starpower' could help raise awareness and reach the masses. She is a supporter of permaculture and sustainability and is a fan of Michael Pollan a key character in Vanishing of the Bees. As it turns out, hes also a fan of Ellen's.
Thank you bees. Thank you Peter for being a Sheppard. And thank YOU for your interest in the film.
We are setting up screenings across the U.S. starting now! If you want Vanishing of the Bees to come to your town send us a note and let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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