Wednesday, June 26, 2013

14 Reviews of me, the bees and cancer and a few words from me too.

MBC Trailer V3 from Jim Donovan on Vimeo.

me, the bees and cancer has two more showings Wed. at 7 and Thurs. at 9.30.  It has been a fine time for me to stretch my wings and get to listen and talk to strangers.  It has also garnered me 14 review so far and most are supportive of the movie, its content and direction and me too.    Enjoy!!!

Rating: 3/5
"...the film unfolds as a clear-eyed and even-handed assessment of the value of alternative medicine." - Adam Nayman
June 21-23, 2013

The Globe and Mail Online
Rating: 1/5
"That makes his film essentially an eccentric home movie promoting dubious alternative-medical advice." - Liam Lacey
June 21, 2013

NOW Toronto
Rating: 3/5
"Charming and eloquent, he finds fresh ways to communicate the confusion cancer causes and the inadequacy of established medicine." - Radheyan Simonpillai
June 20-27, 2013

The Grid
Rating: 6/10
"Whether or not viewers share Board’s enthusiasm for this, they may still enjoy his company." - Jason Anderson
June 19, 2013

Film Corner with Greg Klymkiw
Rating: 3.5/5
"...sit back and prepare yourself for one of the strangest, creepiest documentaries you'll have seen in quite some time - and, for that matter, an illuminating work that will generate more questions and discussion." - Greg Klymkiw
June 23, 2013

The Star
"While Board says some have called him brave and heroic, he brushes that off and talks about his therapy with typical good humour." - Linda Barnard

Toronto Film Scene
"It’s entirely entertaining due to Board’s good-natured personality and enthusiasm for his subject matter, but it also works as a starter guide for anyone who’s ever considered looking at alternative forms of medicine." - Kristal Cooper
June 20, 2013

Dork Shelf
"His treatments look painful and labour intensive, but the film places the focus squarely on staying positive, and there’s nothing at all wrong with that." - Andrew Parker
June 19, 2013

Press Plus 1
"Board introduces us to a counter-culture that prefers to be outside of the medical system and often with great results." - Kindah Mardam Bey
June 21, 2013

Shannon Kelly
Rating: 3.5/5
"There is something quite valuable to be learned from this documentary. The utmost important thing he teaches us is to Question everything!" - Shannon Kelly

Rating: 5/10
"It's certainly not essential viewing for everyone, but Board's bravery should prove a valuable case study for those looking to re-evaluate how we treat our flesh vessels." - Scott A. Gray
June 21, 2013

Northern Stars
"Cheerfully he self-administers up to 20 bee stings a day, a routine that’s as fascinating as it is painful to watch." - Wyndham Wise
June 20, 2013

The Film Reel
"...there’s no mistaking that John is a wonderful person, and he’s created a film from his heart, allowing us to take part in a journey that is difficult for him to face."

National Post
Rating: .5/4
"It’s a testament to the profound, sordid depths of the Internet that the promotional rap music video John Board sandwiches around his alternative therapy documentary hasn’t already gone viral." - David Berry
June 21, 13

trailer Me the bees and cancer.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Opening Night "the bees and cancer

The opening of "me the bees and cancer" was a fine event. Some great questions. More than entertainment and yet... You listen, you laugh, you wonder, you wince. It is an adventure and in the end you decide what it means to you. Come when you can. I will attend all the shows.

Saturday 20...13-06-22 7:00 PM

Sunday 2013-06-23 4:30 PM        
Sunday 2013-06-23 9:30 PM

Wednesday 2013-06-26 7:00 PM

Thursday 2013-06-27 9:30 PM

NOW magazine review.
Last year the Toronto Film Critics Association awarded local filmmaker Ingrid Veninger their $5,000 Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist. She decided to divvy up the proceeds five ways with local filmmakers who could each produce a feature for $1,000.
Me, The Bees And Cancer is among the fruits of Veninger’s generosity. Co-director/co-producer John Board makes the most of that humble budget, documenting his own battle with lymphoma and his unorthodox method of dealing with it.
Faced with what he sees as traditional medicine’s uninformed and experimental therapies, Board decides to go the homeopathic route. This involves maintaining a bee colony in his backyard (I can’t imagine what the neighbours said) and being stung 30 times every other day, a sight that will make you cringe while you appreciate the courage it takes to undergo such a treatment.
The film is just a series of talking heads, but Board holds our attention. Charming and eloquent, he finds fresh ways to communicate the confusion cancer causes and the inadequacy of established medicine. Wait till you see his Slick Rick-style rap video.
He also owns up to his own comical contradictions, like advocating for a healthy lifestyle while refusing to quit smoking. If Board kicked that habit, he could probably afford to make a few more docs.

Thursday, June 20, 2013


ABUSE is awesome for it creates an environment in the victim: this environment can be antagonistic and/or servile: the antagonistic type may be a fighter feeling he or she can outrun the abuser, and blame themselves when caught and the servile type may serve so as
to not get any punishments.

The abused carries both environments in their memory; flee, blame themselves or be servile. 

This becomes and is then the way the abused life is defined.

The person themselves become self abusing and this demonstrates itself clearly in self blame (low esteem) or perfectionism so the person feels safe. This impedes ones ability to fulfill a useful life. It does not have the energy or bravery to move beyond self safety; Often they will not be able to fulfill themselves for 'abuse of self' rules and every action obeys that rule.

Abuse of the child has a long arm but one can train the mind to look more lovingly at self and in that way move away from self abusing in all its manifestations. Being aware and responding over and over until a new and more fulfilling life can be accomplished.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Understanding the Pocket Pack for the effects of illnesses and the side effects of medications.

Understanding the Pocket Pack for the effects of illnesses and the side effects of medications.