The Strand Theatre will present two new documentary films: the award-winning “Queen of the Sun: What Are The Bees Telling Us” will be screened Sunday, July 24 at 3 and 7 p.m.; and “The City Dark,” from Maine native Ian Cheney, director of “King Corn,” will screen Monday, July 25 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, July 26 at 1 and 7 p.m. at the Strand, 345 Main St.

“Queen of the Sun” is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, acclaimed director of the grassroots hit “The Real Dirt On Farmer John,” taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive. This engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature in this New York Times Critics Pick that has won numerous awards on the documentary film circuit.

“The City Dark,” which was the in-progress closer of last year’s Camden International Film Festival, is about light pollution and the disappearing night sky.  After moving to New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Cheney asks a simple question: Do we need the stars? Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, historians and lighting designers, “The City Dark” is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars. Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights — including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night and a generation of children without a glimpse of the universe above.

Tickets will be at the regular film prices of $8.50; and $7.50 older than 65, younger than 13, all day Monday and for matinees. For more information, call 594-0070 or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to