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Directed by Tim Busko, "Half a Bee" was shot in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania in 2006 as Busko followed his subject, local poet/musician Eric Morder, over a period of 5 months as Morder mused and sang about life, love, obsession and journeying through the cosmos with his beloved cat Zeusy.
According to a review by Richard Propes at The Independent Critic:
"The joy of 'Half a Bee', and the film contains much joy, is that Morder is such a wonderfully straightforward and sincere man who realizes that his story isn't particularly unique. It is simply his story and he's willing to share it through film and in song. Morder is a man you want to get to know, because he feels like a man who could be more, or you or anyone we know."
Scott Knopf at Film Threat writes:
"Director Tim Busko trusts his subject and it pays off. In this 60-minute documentary, only one man (and his cat, Zeusy) is shown on screen. The viewer spends one full hour listening to this man tell us who he is (or, who he wants us to think he is) and it works. Filmed in crisp black-and-white, poet/novelist/musician Eric Morder recounts his life's inner-workings. Within the first few minutes of footage, it's clear that there's more to the subject than he's letting on and trying to gauge what that might be is what makes Half a Bee such an interesting film."
Busko studied filmmaking at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. He first became interested in filmmaking due to a fascination with stop-motion animation. Tim's very first film featured a ball of clay, some wooden blocks and an out of focus shot. His next film, "Space Thing", screened at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival. The crude, early Gumby films are his favorites.
Morder currently lives with Zeusy in the countryside around his hometown. His goal is to be paid enough to get by on for his writing without having to work a day job. He keeps writing in his free time with the understanding that if he makes not a dime before he's dead-and he hasn't made buckets of dough yet-it will all be worth it for the very worthwhileness the sitting, writing, and reviewing of it has been, even if no other soul witnesses it. "I should move to Laurel Canyon if I want to get on the map," he equivocates. Perhaps he will die a Kafka not needing to leave a "burn all my works" note-perhaps it will be burned, or ignored, regardless.
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