The Love Bugs

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Editing, story advising and co-cinematography by Chelsea Jackson for Directors Allison Otto and Maria Clinton

2021 Emmy WINNER for Outstanding Short Documentary

35 minutes | 2019

Over the course of 60 years, Lois and Charlie O’Brien traveled to more than 67 countries and quietly amassed the world’s largest private collection of insects — their trove counts more than one million specimens. And now, after decades of teaching, writing, research and the development of an almost parental bond with their collection, these two soulmates have decided to give all their insects away.  This humorous and poignant documentary explores the nature of love and the love of nature, and what it means to devote oneself completely to both.

2018 Telluride Mountainfilm Commitment Grant Recipient

2018 From the Heart Productions Roy W. Dean Grant Recipient

Fiscal Sponsorship: The Redford Center