Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly is a 45-minute narrated documentary that takes place in a garden and at the sea’s edge. Every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle is experienced in vibrant close-up, from conception to pupation to metamorphosis. The film is for adults and for children so that all can gain a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between wildflowers and pollinators and the vital role they play in our ecosystem. Filmed in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Upcoming screening dates:

April 9th, 2015, Thursday, at 7pm. Ipswich Town and Country Garden Club ~ Kim Smith Guest Speaker: Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly Film screening and discussion.

October 7th, Wednesday, at 7:00pm. Nashua Garden Club ~ Kim Smith Guest Speaker: Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly Film screening and discussion. 

From earliest recorded history the butterfly has represented life’s momentous transformations. None more so than black butterflies. In some cultures black butterflies are thought to foretell death, and in others the return of a spirit to the living world. Continuing today, butterflies are associated with spiritual rebirth and transformation. Their metamorphosis from caterpillar to adult, along with their graceful beauty and vibrant wing patterning, inspires poets and artists universally across time and cultures. The ephemeral grace of the butterfly not only inspires hope but also gives us courage to be active in the search for solutions. The all-too-fragile link of the butterfly to the health of the environment embodies the urgent need for positive change.


New short film ~ Love Letters to Gloucester

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 6:30 pm Lowell Eco-Film Festival ~ More details to follow.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at 6:00 pm. Willowdale Estate, Topsfield Massachusetts: Artist Spotlight Event

Saturday, September 20th, 2014. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield Massachusetts, Film screening and lecture. Programs begin at 10:00am