Scene from the film How To Bee
Scene from the film How To Bee
Scene from the film How To Bee
Scene from the film How To Bee
Scene from the film How To Bee
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How To Bee

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Selected by Andrew Connors, Artistic Director at Available Light Film Festival, for Recommended By...Festivals, a partnership with 11 film festivals from across both North and South America. With this collaboration we chart a course all along the map of the Americas as well as through the contemporary documentary scene.

"Don Mark is a salt of the earth Renaissance man, typical of many of the tough, free-spirited and adventurous Settlers who arrived in the Yukon in the 1970s. He is a much-respected thoughtful and cantankerous man who was the first person to try beekeeping on a commercial scale in the Yukon. Folks like Don, who ran to the Yukon from his life in the South, don’t usually want to camera in their face so it’s one of the special charms of this personal film that we get to experience Don and his hard-earned wisdom through the eyes of his daughter. How to Bee is a beautifully made documentary that reflects larger themes of self-sufficiency, living in the moment and living a life connected to the land. It was the first Yukon feature documentary in the 20 year history of our festival to open the Available Light Film Festival." -Andrew Connors

When filmmaker Naomi Mark found her dad needed help with his honeybees after being diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) she asked him to start a project with her, she asked him to teach her about bees. How To Bee follows the journey of a father and daughter over three beekeeping seasons as he passes his knowledge on to her and they come to terms with his changing health.
How To Bee is a celebration of life in all stages set against the unique backdrop of Canada’s North.

In cooperation with

  • Available light


  • Original title
    How To Bee
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Naomi Mark, Aynsley Baldwin
  • DOP
    Marty O’Brien, Naomi Mark
  • Editing
    Aynsley Baldwin
  • Sound
    Oscar Vargas
  • Duration
    82 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Available Light Film Festival
    • DOXA International Film Festival
    • Planet in Focus Environmental International Film Festival
    • Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival
    • Yellowknife International Film Festival
    • Northwest Fest
    • Bayside Film Festival
    • Close Up: Edinburgh Docufest
  • Awards
    • Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival - Marlyn Mason Award
    • Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival Youth Jury - Best Feature Documentary is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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