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Video clip of Bees and Thoroughbreds

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Bees and Thoroughbreds

1 videocassette of 1 (29 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
See the record for "New Television, Episode 310 (1987)" for additional descriptions of videos containing this work.

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Matthew Geller

Geller, Matthew

Broadcast as Episode 310 of the 1987 season of "New Television."

Includes a 3/4" screening tape of the work. See the record for "New Television, Episode 310 (1987)" for additional descriptions of videos containing this work.

In Matthew Geller's "Bees and Thoroughbreds," three individuals are interviewed about the worlds they inhabit. John Lee, a horse racing correspondent, tells about life at the track, outlining betting patterns and the particular characters (bookies, "stoopers" - who search for discarded winning tickets) who appear in that arena. Mark Thompson, a beekeeper, is filmed attending to his bees, which swarm all over him. Thompson explains the life of bees, giving details of their mating habits and the larger social structure of the hive. Showing off his large library, he also discusses the research that has been created about bees, and what it reveals about the society of its author. Bonnie O'Neill, a private detective, talks about the deceit involved in undercover work. She tells the story of a job she worked involving a wealthy man who was robbed by his wife. The stories are edited to overlap. As they intertwine, parallels and relationships among the narratives evolve. The details of the lives of these three become windows to the larger world.

Geller, Matthew

Geller, Matthew

New Television (Producer in Association)

Geller, Matthew
Crawford, Tom (CMX Editor)
Burdick, Carrie (Editing Assistant)

National Endowment for the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts
Artist's New Works, New York Foundation for the Arts
Art Awareness, Artist-in-Residence Program

Thompson, Mark
Lee, John
O'Neill, Bonnie
Douwes, Caissa (Woman at Airport)
Koza, Sam (Bugler)

Private investigators
Horse racing


See Also:
New Television, Episode 310 (1987)

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