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Colony -- This film follows a family of beekeepers, biologists, and other bee-sperts as they try to discover what�۪s killing the bees, before it�۪s too late.


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Carter Gunn
Ross McDonnell (co-director)
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Release Date:
6 August 2010 (Ireland) See more »
Several beekeepers around the U.S. cope with colony collapse disorder - the phenomenon that has caused millions of bees to mysteriously disappear. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Carter Gunn 
Ross McDonnell (co-director)
Produced by
Morgan Bushe .... producer
Macdara Kelleher .... producer
Alan Maher .... production executive: Irish Film Board
Cinematography by
Carter Gunn (photographed by)
Ross McDonnell 
Film Editing by
Carter Gunn 
Sound Department
Claire Bell .... sound designer (as Brian Scibinico)
Martin Czembor .... sound re-recording mixer
Carter Gunn .... sound
Ross McDonnell .... sound
Jeff Seelye .... assistant sound editor
Editorial Department
Stewart Griffin .... colorist
Joseph M. Lee .... on-line editor
Music Department
Ben Keenan .... music coordinator
Steve Lynch .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Aoife McGonigal .... production assistant
Conor Barry .... the producers wish to thank
Chris Wolfgang Mauch .... special thanks

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88 min | USA:85 min | Netherlands:82 min (International Documentary Film Festival) (Amsterdam)


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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Important Issue Muddled, 4 July 2011
Author: chicagopoetry from United States

Colony is a documentary that concentrates (for the most part) on an important issue: what is killing a third of the nation's honeybees? Unfortunately, it is not a very focused movie and doesn't offer many facts, statistics or answers. The film moves too slowly to get into, so most people will probably turn it off halfway through, and that doesn't matter much, because nothing is discussed in much detail and nothing is resolved in the second half anyway.

Rather than dazzling us with facts about the bees themselves and then scaring us with projections about what is going to happen to our food supply if the problem is not solved, the movie concentrates on a select group of bee farmers who are all depressed about their situations. A good portion of the film strays away from the theme at hand and concentrates instead on one family who is struggling with the economy as they try to get a client to honor a contract, and what does that really have to do with the mass extinction of the bees? Is this a movie about the effects of the economy on the bee industry or is this a movie about how pesticides might be killing off the bees? To make it more muddled, that particular family is highly religious, so a good portion of Colony sort of comes across as an annoying documentary about the faith and struggles of this one family. I feel for the plight of all the bee keepers portrayed in the film, but the film simply fails at engaging us.

This movie could have easily been trimmed down from 85 minutes to 45 minutes and it would probably have been much more watchable and informative.

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