Kim Smith

Kim Smith

Independent Filmmaker

Other Roles: Director

Areas of Focus: Documentaries, Shorts


Kim Smith is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, award winning landscape designer, author, and illustrator.

Kim’s film \”Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly,\” which is in the post-production, will premiere in 2018. In 2014 she created the short film A Flight of Monarchs for the Berkshire Museum. Her film Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly premiered in 2013.

Kim is currently documenting how Gloucester’s Sicilian American community celebrates the Feast of Saint Joseph and Saint Peter’s Fiesta. For several years she has been documenting the life story of Piping Plovers and the life story of a rare and extraordinary swan. She is currently editing a short film about Snowy Owls.

In 2018, Kim was honored by Salem State University as a \”Friend of the Earth\” for her photography and short stories about wildlife and in 2017 she became an Essex National Heritage Trailblazer in the category of \”connecting people to place.\”

Kim Smith Designs is her landscape design firm. In conjunction with Cambridge Seven Associates architectural firm, she designed the award-winning Gloucester HarborWalk butterfly gardens. In 2009 her book on landscape design, which she wrote and illustrated, was published by David R. Godine, Boston. She specializes in creating butterfly and habitat gardens utilizing primarily North American wildflowers, native trees, shrubs, and vines. Kim’s lecture programs are developed from her landscape design work and documentary nature films.