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Lakehead U Hosts Northern Ontario Premiere of Documentary Film Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

The MES-Nature-Based Recreation Tourism Program at Lakehead University, in conjunction with the Food Security Research Network and the Centre for Northern Studies, invites community members to attend the Northern Ontario premiere of the documentary Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, produced and directed by Jessica Oreck.  This event takes place on Tuesday, November 2 in Lakehead University’s UC 1017 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  A question and answer session with producer/director Jessica Oreck will follow from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo delves into the ineffable mystery of Japan’s age-old love affair with insects.  It is a labyrinthine meditation on nature, beauty, philosophy, and Japanese culture that makes you question whether your 'instinctive' repulsion to bugs is merely a result of Western conditioning.

Premiered at SXSW 2009 as part of the Emerging Visions line-up, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo has appeared across North America with showings at theFull Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, the Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore, Maryland, and Cinevegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it won a Special Jury Award for Artistic Vision. This documentary appeals to people of all ages who are interested in nature and insects.

Recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Jessica Oreck, Producer, Writer, and Director, works as an animal keeper and docent at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo is Jessica’s first feature film.  She is currently in production on several animated science shows while building her own museum exhibition and researching her next feature film. This is Jessica’s first visit to Northern Ontario.

For more information, please contact Adrianne Johnston, Coordinator of the MES-NBRT Speaker Series, at 807-343-8876 or ajohnst4@lakeheadu.ca.

Last updated October 20, 2010

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