Eric and the Bees

Published on October 26, 2022

Captions provided by CCTubes – Captioning the Internet! Beekeeping is a lifesaving form of therapy for Eric Grandon, a U.S. Army veteran who suffers from PTSD after 20 years in combat. For the past several years, Eric has invited other trauma survivors to his farm so they could experience the healing powers of beekeeping.

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When Eric Grandon discovered beekeeping, he had no idea that the bees would give him the power to transform both his own life, and the lives of many others.

After serving 20 years in the U.S. military, Eric retired to his family farm in West Virginia, but he was haunted by his experiences in combat. After a particularly harrowing flashback, he was diagnosed with PTSD.

Beekeeping was first used as rehab for soldiers suffering ‘shell shock’ after the First World War. Finding himself suddenly at peace, Eric knew he had to help others. Now, he invites other veterans and first-line responders to his farm so they can experience the healing powers of beekeeping.

Erin Brethauer & Tim Hussin

Malcolm Pullinger & Rachel Serada Barth

Directors of Photography:
Erin Brethauer & Tim Hussin

Production Manager:
Valentina Clerici

Eric Grandon, Mary Grandon, Abigail Grandon, Daniel Abram, Leslie Fuller

Executive Producers:
Mohammad Gorjestani, Taylor Feltner, Cayce Cole, Omid Fatemi, Ashley Rodholm, Sam Bathe, Ariana Blair, Elyse Kanagaratnam, Olivia Kingsley

Peter McCollough

Original Music
William Ryan Fritch

Sound Design & Mix
Matt Tammariello

Sean Wells

This film is a co-production of Even/Odd and Zendesk.
Filmed on location in Clay County, West Virginia.
© 2021 Zendesk Inc.

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