The Love Bugs


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Ay Mariposa
Rafael 1 Sat, May 4, 2019 2:15 PM
Three conservationists with a bent for cogent images and film join forces in the eleventh hour to capture the natural wonder of the monarch butterfly in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas as it faces impending environmental challenges brought on by Trump's border wall. In the film, we meet Zulema Hernandez, a 77-year-old former migrant worker who has joined in the wall protests with her borderlands neighbors, and Marianna Trevino Wright, director of the National Butterfly Center, who is mounting a legal challenge to preserve the butterfly’s habitat that lies directly in the path of the wall. With a strong focus on the wildlife and the people of the US-Mexico borderlands whose lives will be affected, Ay Mariposa is a film that will educate as well as motivate.
Film Info
Running Time:34 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Allison Otto
Maria Clinton
Producer:Caryn Capotosto
Jane Julian
David and Linda Cornfield
Cinematographer:Allison Otto
Maria Clinton
Chelsea Jackson
Editor:Chelsea Jackson


For over 60 years, Lois and Charlie O'Brien, two of the sweetest love bugs you'll ever meet, together have amassed world-class collections of weevils and planthoppers that they're prepping to hand over to the Arizona State University so the research will continue.

IN PERSON: Directors Allison Otto, Maria Clinton

Additional Information

Allison Otto is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, visual journalist, a two-time Telluride Mountainfilm Commitment Grant recipient, and a 2018 co-recipient of the Roy W. Dean From The Heart grant. In 2013, Otto released her award-winning first film, Keeper of the Mountains, which screened in more than 30 countries. Maria Clinton is a filmmaker, photographer, and an adjunct film professor based in New York. Maria is a 2018 Telluride Mountainfilm Commitment Grant recipient and a 2018 recipient of the Roy W. Dean From The Heart grant.