Burt’s Buzz

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Canada | 2013 | 88 minutes | Jody Shapiro

June 13 - 19, 2014

Exclusive Engagement! Get up close and personal with Burt Shavitz, the hermit-like founder and face of the world famous Burt’s Bees line of personal care products, as he recounts the company’s simple, early days and its corporate-minded present.

An iconic image—a woodblock print of a friendly bearded face—adorns tubes of lip balm, bottles of lotion, bars of soap, and other natural products known as Burt's Bees. But who is Burt, how many bees does he have, and where exactly did he come from? Burt's Buzz introduces us to Burt Shavitz, a curmudgeonly recluse and local legend in backwoods Maine who for years made a modest living raising bees and selling their honey from the back of a truck. Then he met single mother Roxanne Quimby, whose entrepreneurial spirit lead them to start a small workshop and expand their offerings to include candles, shoe polish, and eventually an array of personal care products. Unfortunately, as the popularity of Burt's Bees grew, so did a rift between the two partners, and soon Burt left the empire he begrudgingly founded to spend more time with his beloved dog.

Documentary filmmaker Jody Shapiro gets up close and personal with the man behind the logo, both in the same 400-square-foot converted chicken coop that he still calls home and on the road, where Burt dutifully makes public appearances for a company that no longer has a place for him and his bees.

Due to a scheduling conflict, the June 13 appearance by Burt Shavitz has been cancelled.

  • Director: Jody Shapiro
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 88 minutes
  • Website: Official Website
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Area 23a