Missoula filmmaker creates a buzz with Isabella Rossellini



Andy Smetanka continues to add impressive credits to his film resume. The filmmaker, animator and artist has already made music videos with The Decemberists and contributed to Guy Maddin's films. Most recently, he collaborated with Italian actress and model Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her) for a series of educational shorts about bees, and they are now available online.

Made for Burt's Bees, the films feature "Burt" (Rossellini) talking with the worker bees, the drone bee, and queen bee about Colony Collapse Disorder and other threats. Smetanka's silhouette animation is featured in each. All three videos are available on the Burt's website, along with a slideshow that includes Smetanka working alongside Rossellini.

If you're interested in Smetanka's work, he's recently completed a major Kickstarter campaign to make a documentary about World War I titled And We Were Young.

You can watch a teaser for that upcoming project online, or check out plenty of other stuff on either Vimeo or YouTube.

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