Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes
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“B for Beekeeper,” a student film booked for the Slamdance Film Festival, is a short visit to a man who survived a near-death experience and gained a new appreciation on life. In this case, it was literally a baptism by fire – the man barely escaped from a Detroit house inferno, and he later relocated to North Carolina to begin a new career as a beekeeper and honey entrepreneur.
It’s an interesting story, to be certain, as the man views the world of bees from a deeply religious perspective (he reminds us about the Biblical passage relating to the “land of milk and honey”). There are also plenty of wonderful close-ups of the bees at work in the their hives.
Strangely, we don’t learn that the man’s name is Bill Waddell until 10 minutes into this 12-minute short. Why this fact was kept off-screen so long is not clear, and the omission ruins what could’ve been a charming little movie – it’s impossible to watch “B for Beekeeper” without asking yourself: “Who is this guy?” Perhaps the film could be updated so Waddell is properly identified up front, thus allowing us to properly enjoy his fascinating life’s journey.
Posted on January 23, 2008 in Reviews by Phil Hall
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