A still from "The Last Honey Hunter."

(Renan Ozturk/Courtesy of DZI Foundation)

It's not easy to film a Nepalese honey hunter, especially one like Mauli Dhan Kulung. Documentary producer Ben Ayers braved heights and bee stings to film Kulung at work for a new film, "The Last Honey Hunter."

Kulung climbs hundreds of feet up rope ladders to cut down the hives of the world's largest honeybee. His prize is hallucinogenic honey sought in Asian black markets. Ayers, a Colorado native, told Colorado Matters how shamans sacrificed chickens as part of their blessing for the film. "The Last Honey Hunter" plays Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden.

Behind the scenes of "The Last Honey Hunter.