The Pollinators

Peter Nelson, Director

Rob Stewart Eco Warrior Award at Vancouver International Film Festival

The Pollinators is a story of both beauty and urgency. The film is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory commercial beekeepers as they fight to survive an environmental crisis threatening millions of honeybee hives. They strive to protect their truckloads of honeybees 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 in our simplified chemically dependent agriculture system. The filmmaker talks to farmers, scientists, chefs, and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honeybees, what it means to our food security, and how we can improve it.

Released in 2019

Running time: 92 minutes

FHFF Film Category: Things to Consider

FHFF Film Sponsor: The Toy Box


Friday, October 21 - 4:15 PM

Sunday, October 23, 10:00 AM


A Q&A with director Peter Nelson will follow each in-theatre screening.

ONLINE SCREENINGS: On-Demand October 24 - 30 on

photo: a film frame from THE POLLINATORS


Director Peter Nelson

Peter Nelson

Peter Nelson has photographed a wide variety of feature films, commercials and documentaries in a multitude of film and video formats. His signature naturalistic style has taken him around the world to capture life as it happens for fiction and non-fiction films alike. Feature credits include Emmy award winning Art & Copy, Sicko, A Tale Of Two Pizzas, Pipe Dream, Suits, and the cult New York romantic comedy Ed's Next Move, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

He has done domestic and international documentary work for PBS, HBO, BBC and Granada Television. Recent commercial work includes campaigns for Google, BlackRock, Dunkin Donuts, Dell, SBLI, ESPN/NASCAR, and Perdue. Other commercial credits include spots for PBS, Stop and Shop, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Lifetime, Coca-Cola, Champion, and Calvin Klein. Peter received a BFA in Film and Television from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.


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