BEE is the latest short film from Raphael Hitzke. It is both a mystery and a love story. Breeda Wool and Frank Ashmore were the lead actors. Autumn Durald was the cinematographer and Daniel Raj Koobir edited the film. JBt Dunckel (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation) wrote the original score. Andrew Bower mixed the sound. Emma Hitzke co-produced the film.

The film won the Best Dramatic Short Award at the Sonoma International Film Festival. It screened across the US at major film festivals, including the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Back in her hometown, a young entomologist investigating the death of her dad's honey bees stumbles upon racial prejudices, lies and old family feuds.


Breeda Wool

Breeda is an American actress, writer and producer. She is best known for her roles as Lou Linklatter in the Audience crime drama series Mr. Mercedes (2017–present) and Faith Deluth in the Lifetime/Hulu drama series UnREAL (2015–2018). In the short film BEE, she plays the lead role Christine.


Frank Ashmore

Frank Ashmore is an American actor and he had roles in "The West Wing" and the current version of "Hawaii Five-O." He is best known for his role as "Martin" in the 1983 NBC miniseries "V" and its 1984 sequel "V: The Final Battle." Ashmore appeared in the 1980 hit comedy film "Airplane!", "Airplane II: The Sequel." In BEE he plays Ed, the beekeeper.

Louie Alegria

Louie Alegria is an American actor who appeared in features films such as "Go For It." He also appears in TV commercial for major brands. In BEE he plays Sam, the sheriff.



Autumn Durald

Autumn Durald was selected as one of the 2014 Variety's "10 Cinematographers to watch", one of 2014 Variety's "Up Next" in their "Below The Line Impact Report" and Indiewire's "On The Rise 2014: Cinematographers To Watch." Written and directed by Gia Coppola from James Franco’s short stories, Durald lensed "Palo Alto". Starring James Franco alongside Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolf and Val Kilmer. Durald lensed Max Minghella's debut feature film 'Teen Spirit' starring Elle Fanning which premiered at TIFF and will have its theatrical release in April 2019. She is a feature and commercial cinematographer, and heralds a new wave on the cinematographic scene.

Autumn's website


JB Dunckel (from AIR)

JB is a French musician best known for being one half of the French music duo Air. He scored many movies including “The Virgin Suicide” by Sofia Coppola. He created a unique and mysterious soundtrack for the short film BEE.

JB's Website

Behind the scenes

Four days of filming in Northern California.