GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will partner with the University of Florida Office of Sustainability to host a free screening of the documentary “Vanishing of the Bees” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29.

The film examines the importance of honeybees in pollinating fruit and vegetable crops and the impact of colony collapse disorder on the future of agriculture and America’s food production.

“We thought this was a great opportunity to partner with the Office of Sustainability and be a part of the Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival,” said Florida Museum education assistant Amanda Erickson Harvey. “The film has a great message and it should be a lot of fun for everyone who attends.”

The documentary is narrated by Ellen Page, star of the 2007 movie “Juno,” and co-directed by George Langworthy and Maryam Henein. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Henein will answer questions from the audience following the 90-minute film.

Trish Riley, director and co-founder of the film festival, said she is pleased to have a film showing at the museum and reach people in Gainesville who might not otherwise get to see these types of movies.

“With these major social concerns, I know it’s serious, I know it’s important and I feel I have an obligation to help more people become aware of these issues” Riley said. “The films are powerful but fun. No matter what the content is, people will have a good time watching while learning about some major challenges facing our planet.”

The Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival runs Feb. 24 through March 2 with a goal of bringing science and the arts together to raise awareness of environmental issues and help create sustainable solutions for the future.

The screening is also part of the UF Office of Sustainability’s “Food for Thought” campaign, which seeks to educate students, staff, faculty and the community about sustainable food systems and making more environmentally and socially conscious decisions.

“We’re excited about the many and varied partnerships that have helped make three months of programming possible,” said Anna Prizzia, director of the office. “And we look forward to promoting the opportunities and resources that exist right in our own community.”

For more information visit or call 352-273-2062.

Visit for a complete schedule of films during the Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival.

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Source: Amanda Harvey, 352-273-2052,
Trish Riley, 352-327-3560,
Anna Prizzia, 352-392-7578,
Writer: Logan Gerber
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,