A film by Kim Smith

Beauty on the Wing: Lifestory of the Monarch Butterfly A Project of Filmmakers Collaborative

Beauty on the Wing - Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly

PRODUCER: Kim Smith

Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly is a 55-minute narrated film that unfolds along the shores of Cape Ann and in the heart of Mexico's forested volcanic mountains. Every stage of the butterfly's life cycle is experienced in vibrant close-up, from egg to caterpillar to adult, and set to the stage of sea and sun and wind. By the millions and millions the intrepid monarchs journey thousands of miles. The most magical thing is that this migration happens in our midst, unfolding in backyards, farms, meadows, and along the shoreline, wherever milkweed and wildflowers grow.

The Monarchs are in great peril. Although the butterfly's spectacular migration evolved over millennia, the last decades of human activity have put this phenomenon in grave danger. Beauty on the Wing is a film for all ages, created for all to gain a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between habitats, wildflowers, and pollinators, and the vital role they play in our interconnected ecosystems. Filmed in Gloucester, Massachusetts and Angangueo, Michoacán.

Thanks in Part to your Contribution:

We can not only continue our research on this important creature but aid in the preservation of the Monarch through raised awareness.

Supported by 60 Donations:

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    Anonymous
    I Gave $250
    Thank you for writing such a nice and classy introduction fundraising letter. Well done!
  • Nina G.
    I Gave $250
    Kim your work in nature is truly a gift to all of us. Thank you for sharing it.
  • Karen P.
    My mother was visiting and we saw the migration at Halibut State Park. That's when I knew I wanted purple asters in my garden. A treasured memory. :)
  • Claudia B.
    I Gave $50
    Thank you Kim for doing such important work.
  • Hilda S.
    I Gave $115
    Kim, you are so talented. Thank you for your beautiful work.
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I Gave $25
    Can’t wait to watch!
  • eric h.
    I Gave $25
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I Gave $500
    Thank you for all your good work on Cape Ann and the butterfly-ways
  • Mia N.
    I Gave $25
  • Karen M.
    I Gave $100
    Thanks for teaching us all about butterflies (and birds, too)!!
  • Garth G.
    I Gave $500
    Kim, your photography is outstanding as is your message. Thank you for what you do.
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $30
    A terrible beauty is born. A shadow of cloud on the stream. Thank you.
  • Robin C.
    I Gave $25
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $20
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $25
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $100
  • Nancy M.
    I Gave $250
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I Gave $50
  • Jay  F.
    I Gave $200
    Good luck with the film, Kim
  • Kimberly M.
    Love the monarchs here on Cape Ann and can't wait to see the film!
  • Jennifer C.
    So excited to see this film!
  • Heidi S.
    I Gave $50
    Wishing you all the best with such a beautiful and meaningful project.
  • susan n.
  • Sherman  M.
    I Gave $50
    Been following Kim for a long time on this project. Seeing hundreds of thousands of Monarchs at their Mexican destination was a lifetime experience.
  • Ron F.
    I Gave $50
    thank you for your great work
  • Judith F.
    I Gave $50
    I feel that it important that Kim's story of the Monarch migration should be told, how so much in nature is dependent on each other to survive.
  • Martha S.
    I Gave $50
  • Kim T.
    I Gave $50
  • Patti S.
    I Gave $25
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