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HIVE, First Film in The Lindsay’s 2024 Emerging Filmmakers Showcase, is a Sweet Look at Local Beekeeper and his Buzzing Companions

February 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center kicks off its 2024 Emerging Filmmakers Showcase series at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 4, with HIVE, a heartfelt and touching look at Pittsburgh-area beekeeper and skilled carpenter Hank B, showcasing his love for his winged companions, and his dedication to sustainability and the art of spinning honey.

The 25-minute documentary is directed by Moon Township resident Ryan Matthew Rust, who has a special connection with the subject as Hank B’s nephew, and features cinematography by Scott Township’s Ryan Kroboth, who beautifully captures the vibrant bees and blooms surrounding Hank at work.

“For three years, The Lindsay has been supporting the film industry through the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase, working with local filmmakers to provide a big-screen opportunity for both artists and the public,” says Carolina Pais-Barreto Thor, the Theater’s CEO. “We are pleased to showcase the work and dedication of Ryan and his crew.”

The free showcase events, a staple at The Lindsay, are designed to encourage exchanges between local filmmakers and the public. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

Rust’s goal for HIVE was to tell a personal story while also conveying the importance of honey bees to life on earth, subscribing to Albert Einstein’s thoughts that “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left.”

“I’m passionate about authentic stories, and have consistently woven a raw and genuine approach into every project over the years,” says Rust, a nine-year veteran of the film industry. “I aim for audiences to depart not only with answers but also with lingering questions, encouraging them to delve deeper into the themes explored.”

“Discovering my uncle’s involvement with honey bees years ago, I was able to witness first hand the intricate process of honey extraction and the unique apiary he created. As a filmmaker and storyteller, I soon realized that this compelling story deserved to be shared with a wider audience.”

Director/producer Rust collaborates with various production companies and storytellers across the nation, producing an extensive body of work in creative visual storytelling. Cinematographer Kroboth’s career spans 11 years and includes projects with Elysian, TCM, CNN, and Intrusion, and a pivotal role in filming two seasons of the History Channel’s The Food That Built America.

Other crew members include Caitlin Rust, art department; gaffer Jim McClain, score composer Ryan Will Stewart and “noise stylist” Shawn Jackson of Red Caiman Studios in Ross Township.

While admission is free to all Emerging Filmmakers Showcase events, those attending are asked to RSVP at The Lindsay’s ticketing page to ensure seating for all. The Lindsay is located at 418 Walnut St. in Sewickley.


February 4
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


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The Lindsay Theater, 418 Walnut St., Sewickley
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