The California Imagist Project


Created by Carly Creley, John Brantingham, and Elder Zamora, the California Imagist Movement builds communities that use art, science, and history to examine the natural and human environment in California, while addressing environmental and social justice issues.

Special Event Sunday, Sept. 13th, 2020

1:45 PM PDT

Join us for our next California Imagism Project event as we travel through film to Campeche, Mexico, where an influx of transgenic soybean farms has had a devastating effect on the health of the local Mayan people, the land, and their bees. ¿Qué les Pasó a las Abejas? [What Happened to the Bees?] tells the story of Mayan activists Gustavo Huchin and Leydi Pech, who see the devastation pesticides created on nearby soybean farms and decide to stand up to make a change. 

We will watch Adriana Otero Puerto’s magnificent film as part of the Freeland Film Festival. It is currently only available in the U.S. from Friday, September 11th through Tuesday, September 15th. Tickets are $7, and all proceeds go to the festival.

Immediately following the film, Director Adriana Otero Puerto and California Apiarist Jonathan Humphrey will join us to discuss the scientific, cultural, and transboundary human issues the film explores.

We will introduce the film at 1:45 PM (PDT) on Sunday, September 13th, and invite you to watch it through the Freeland Film Festival website over the next 67 minutes. We will begin our discussion at 3:00 PM (PDT).

At the end of day’s events, we invite you to protect native bee species, support sustainable agricultural practices, and build bridges with our neighbors in Mexico by creating a work of art inspired by the film, or participating in a community science project.  We will share our work with Adriana in her quest to help the Mayan beekeepers of Campeche, and she may feature some of our projects in the Art for Bees gallery. 


-1:45 PM PDT  Introduction to the Film
-1:50 to 3:00 PM PDT  ¿Qué les pasó a las abejas? [What Happened to the Bees?]

Stream from home through the Freeland Film Festival. You can place your order before the event!

-3:00 PM PDT  Discussion with Director Adriana Otero Puerto and Apiarist Jonathan Humphrey, moderated by Carly Creley

Please direct all questions to Carly Creley at

[Plain Text Links:]

Freeland Film Festival

¿Qué les Pasó a las Abejas? [What Happened to the Bees?]

Discussion Room

Art for Bees

Often, people feel excluded from the pursuit of science because it feels that the discipline is reserved for an elite few. They feel as though history does not tell their story. The California Imagist Movement bridges these gaps by talking about science in a human way that empowers people to learn about and tell their own histories, those that have often been forgotten.