Kim Smith

Kim Smith

Independent Filmmaker

Other Roles: Director

Areas of Focus: Documentaries, Shorts



Kim Smith is a documentary filmmaker, wildlife conservationist, lecturer, photojournalist, author, illustrator, and an award winning landscape designer.

“Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly,” a narrated documentary, premiered in August 2020.

Since its premier, “Beauty on the Wing” has received a number of honors and awards at environmental film festivals and children’s film festivals. “Beauty on the Wing” was awarded Best Documentary at the Boston International Kids Festival in November 2020 and Best Feature Film at the Providence Children’s Film Festival in February 2021. One of the greatest hopes for the film is that it would be inspirational and educational to both adults and young people and we are overjoyed “Beauty on the Wing” is finding its audience.

In March 2020 Kim created a series of short films about the Snowy Owl:

Kim was recently interviewed by the BBC and PBS for her work in documenting the Monarch Butterflies. She worked with the show’s producers in writing and creating the story, providing film footage from her film “Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly” for the BBC produced show “Autumnwatch: New England.”

In May of 2019, Kim was featured in Audubon Magazine for her work protecting and documenting Piping Plovers, “How Plover Chicks Born in a Parking Lot Spurred a City to Make Its Beach Safer.” Kim leads a group in safeguarding local populations of Piping Plovers and is currently creating a documentary about Plovers.


In April 2018 Kim was honored to receive the Salem State University “Friend of the Earth Award” and to give the keynote address for the University’s Earth Day Weeks events program. In 2017 she was named an Essex National Heritage Trailblazer and became an Essex Heritage Commissioner in recognition of her work connecting people to place.

Her short films, “A Flight of Monarchs, which was created for the Berkshire Museum, and BomBom Butterflies, have won critical acclaim. Her 45-minute documentary Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly is an inspirational story that both teaches about butterfly life cycles and reveals the connection between pollinators, plants, and the importance of conserving habitats.

In conjunction with Cambridge Seven Associates architectural firm, Kim designed the award- winning Gloucester HarborWalk Butterfly gardens. She specializes in creating pollinator habitat gardens utilizing primarily North American native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and vines.

Her book on landscape design, “Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities!,” which she both wrote and illustrated, was published by David R. Godine, Boston. garden/

For more information on Kim’s films and design projects follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Vimeo, and Twitter and visit her design and film websites. Kim Smith’s blog has an average daily readership of 12,000 viewers.