Matt is an independent science journalist. He is the creator of the Bee Report newsletter and podcast. He is currently working on a documentary film about the bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Thank you immensely to everyone who attended the premiere last night and participated in the conversation with Olivia Carril, Allison Jones, Sarah Bauman and me. We estimate that we had around 800 people attend the event. What incredible turn out!
If you couldn’t make it to the premiere or had to leave early, no worries! The film will be available to watch through Sunday, Oct. 4. We also recorded the conversation, and we’ll be posting it both as a stand-alone video and as a Bee Report podcast.
This project and premiere would not have been possible without the support and commitment of an incredible group of people and partners. This includes all of you – everyone who donated and contributed to this project! We would not have been able to do this fieldwork and we would not have been able to show you the bees without your support. You made this happen!
I’m super excited to get started on the next few projects I have in front of me. But first, I’m going to grab a quick nap.
It’s been over a year since we successfully raised the funds for this project and returned to the monument to study the bees. During that time I’ve been working with an amazing team of people and partners to produce, promote and launch the film. And the day we’ve all been waiting and working for is finally here!
This will be a virtual premiere, so you can enjoy the event from the comfort of your own home. After showing the film (which is a little over 20 minutes), we’ll be hosting a conversation among four experts on bees, public lands and climate change. We’ll also be taking questions from the audience as part of this conversation.
I’m so thrilled to finally be sharing this experience with all of you! Thank you so much for your support! And many thanks to the following partners for helping to make this film and premiere possible:
I know it’s been a while since the last update on the project. My apologies for that! (Yes, we are still on track to release the film by this fall.) But right now I have two really exciting things to share with you…
This weekend, Parade magazine is going to feature our project in their Earth Day edition! Parade is the magazine you find in the middle of every Sunday newspaper. Click on the link and find Utah in alphabetical order in the slideshow – you’ll find our project! Share widely!
What’s even more exciting is that the Grand Staircase Escalante Partners are now an official friend and supporter of the film project! GSEP is a nonprofit organization that promotes science, education and conservation on behalf of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. I’m super excited to be working with these great folks to roll out the film!