Butterflies (2018)

Inspired the life cycle of a butterfly, a mixed race high school girl tries to survive an unlikely bully.


Cady McClain
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Credited cast:
Carlotta Summers ... Melanie
Linda Powell ... Mom
Kristina Reyes ... Paris
Camila Perez ... Charlotte
Melanie Hinkle ... Katrina
Julian Elfer ... Mr. Washington
Eva Paris Cicinyte ... Destiny
Arya Gartside-Vats ... Young BFF
Oriah Elgrabli ... Young Melanie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerii Aquino Jerii Aquino
Shani Bekt Shani Bekt
Miles Lobo
Charles Ouda Charles Ouda
Jefferson Reardon Jefferson Reardon


Inspired the life cycle of a butterfly, a mixed race high school girl tries to survive an unlikely bully.

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Short | Drama







Release Date:

5 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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Wild Cat Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Each lead character has a corresponding butterfly and color to go along with that butterfly. Melanie is the yellow Colias Alexandra butterfly, a species that doesn't sequester toxins and is easily eaten by its prey. Paris is the Morpho Peleides butterfly whose wings are a bright iridescent blue and is the only butterfly of her class whose wings are bigger then that of the male. Charlotte is the Greta Oto or "Glasswinged" butterfly, who easily adapts into it's surroundings. Katrina is a bright red and brown, like the Vanessa Atlanta aka "Red Admiral" butterfly, whose name is after a figure in Greek mythology, a strong yet feminine woman who faces obstacles and backlash for refusing to follow gender norms. See more »

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Artistically executed & emotionally authentic
21 June 2018 | by jleemackenzieSee all my reviews

I watched this film at SOHO International Film Festival in Manhattan and was really impressed by both the artistry of its execution and the acting. The story itself dealt with the complicated human desire for friendship and acceptance, and did so in a way that was both painfully relatable and triumphantly defiant. The actress/writer's personal connection to the materiel gave it an authenticity that really resonated for me. The past can try to beat us up and people will always try to put us in boxes of their choosing. But it's up to us to imagine and decorate our own boxes, or in this case, cocoons, and to emerge from that cocoon as a different person. It's up to us to fly. This is a story I'd like to see expanded on in longer form. I'll be watching for it.

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