In this country, responses to a personal ad stating "Must love bugs" would probably be both strange and rare. But as the documentary Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo reveals, you'd do a lot better with that in Japan, a country with a deep cultural fascination with beetles, crickets and just about any other creepy-crawly creature you care to name.
Don't worry, you don't have to feel the same way to enjoy the film; more than a movie about bugs, it's a movie about the people who love them and the culture that reveres them. "I think, as someone who loves Japanese culture and bugs, its just a nice feast for the eyes," says Denver Film Society programming manager Keith Garcia. "It's dreamy, fascinating and fun."
See a special presentation tonight at 7 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard. Director Jessica Oreck and DMNS entomologist Frank Krell will be on hand to talk about the film and the secret lives of beetles. Tickets are $12 for museum and DFS members, $15 general admission. If you can't make it, Beetle Queen will run June 4 through 10 at Starz FilmCenter. For more info, visit www.denverfilm.org or call 303-595-3456.
Thu., June 3, 7 p.m., 2010