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Beauty on the Wing – Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly

A film by Kim Smith

Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly is a 56-minute narrated documentary that tells the story of the Monarch Butterfly as it unfolds along the shores of Cape Ann and in the heart of Mexico’s forested volcanic mountains. Filmed in Gloucester, Massachusetts and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve at Estado de México and Michoacán, the film illuminates how two regions, separated by thousands of miles, are ecologically interconnected. The film is for all ages, delighting and engaging viewers who are interested in nature, conservation, and our planet’s amazing ecosystems.

Beauty on the Wing is doing exceptionally well at film festivals and has received a number of awards. Film screenings and awards to date include:

Winner Best Documentary  Boston International Kid’s Film Festival

Winner Best Feature Film Providence International Children’s Film Festival

Outstanding Excellence Nature Without Borders Documentary Film Festival

Outstanding Excellence Women’s International Film Festival

New Haven Documentary Film Festival

Montreal Independent Film Festival

Flicker’s Rhode Island International Film Festival

Docs Without Borders International Film Festival

Beauty on the Wing has been accepted for distribution by the American Public Television Exchange market, which means that within the year, you will be watching Beauty from your living room, on your local public television station!

American Public Television Exchange is the largest source of free programming to US public television stations, covering virtually every market in the country (nearly 350 stations). 

What happens next? Beauty on the Wing needs underwriters and donors! The total distribution cost to bring the documentary to public television is just over $51,000.00. We only have several months to raise the funds. 

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to Beauty on the Wing. If you have donated previously to the film for post-productions costs, we are so grateful for your generosity. If the distribution phase of the project is of interest, please consider a second donation. 

The names of supporters contributing $10,000.00 and over will be noted in the film’s underwriting credit pod. What does it mean to be an underwriter? As an example, when you watch a show on public television and the announcer says, “This show was brought to you by Katherine and Charles Cassidy, by The Fairweather Foundation, by Lillian B. Anderson, and by The Arnhold Family, in Memory of Clarisse Arnhold,” that’s where your name, or the name of your foundation, will appear. APT allows for up to 30 seconds per film and your name or promo will appear at both the beginning and at the end of the film.

Please write and let me know if you would like more information about underwriting, including a complete budget, along with APT’s underwriting guidelines. Email at

All supporters, no matter how large or small the donation, will be listed on the film’s website and on APT’s website. Any amount contributed is tremendously appreciated!

Thank you for being part of launching Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly onto the national television stage!

With gratitude,

Kim Smith, Director

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.

Associated Members

Kim Smith, Independent Filmmaker