Bee Film By Cathy Lee Crane

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Avant-garde filmmaker Cathy Lee Crane returns to Aurora Picture Show to present the World Premiere of Bee Film along with long-time collaborator and composer Beth Custer. This multiple projector live cinema performance explores the life of bees in Hilo, Hawaii and their caretakers who are working to preserve an endangered species, and is presented in the endangered species of 16mm film. Bee Film will take place at 7:30PM on Friday, May 15 in Aurora Picture Show (2442 Bartlett Street).

BeeFilm was shot on the Bolex camera in the summer of 2012. It documents one beekeeper near Hilo, Hawaii as she prepares a place for her new hive. This project explores the threat of extinction of the honeybee through the medium of 16mm film, also under the threat of extinction. The projected triptych of images on a screen is produced from three projectors looping over 600' of celluloid through the gallery. This visual, spatial depiction of the apparatus of single frames that produce images mimics the flight pattern of bees to and from a hive that produce honey. This installation celebrates commitments to preserve these species (bees and celluloid) which happens in small communities of collaboration around the world; communities of beekeepers and communities of micro-cinemas.

The filmmaker and her long time collaborator, composer Beth Custer celebrate their process of collaboration live. As film loops and its resultant triptych change through the filmmaker's manipulation of the projectors, so too, live analogue musical loops from clarinet work in loops. Film and sound (including the buzz from the projectors!) work together like a musical fugue.

In conjunction with this program, bee expert Jennifer Scott will be at Aurora starting at 7pm with her observation hive in the outside courtyard and will be available for conversations about all things bees. Read more about Jennifer here:

This piece was commissioned by and will enjoy its World Premiere at the Aurora Picture Show in Houston, TX. Special thanks to the Texas Commission on the Arts for their support of this program. You can learn more about Crane and Custer at and
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