Butterfly Town, USA follows a community of activists living in Pacific Grove, who are working together to restore the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. The heart of this film is the story of one activist, Bob Pacelli, who is leading the effort to restore the Sanctuary. In this film we see intimate portraits of people who are planting new trees by hand, watering them by hand, going to City Council meetings to explain their intentions and holding meetings in the Sanctuary itself to decide how to best bring attention to the problems faced by this community. Disagreements about how best to take care of this beautiful sanctuary are relevant to a global debate as citizens worldwide unite to fight butterfly habitat loss due to climate change, deforestation and pesticides. With a focus on habitat fragility, we see that change happens -one person, one community at a time.
Well-known butterfly ecologist Lincoln Brower adds his perspective throughout the film, as the citizens of Pacific Grove show both courage and compassion with their commitment.
Producer/Writer/Director: Dorothy Fadiman
Producer/Writer/Editor: Marlo McKenzie
Videographer: Marlo McKenzie
Monarch Butterfly Footage: Robert Pacelli
Assistant Editor: Laura Wigod
Production Assistant/Research: Dixie Lopez