The Love Bugs

Filmmakers: Allison Otto, Maria Clinton
Runtime: 34 min

Synopsis: Over the course of 60 years two married entomologists traveled to more than 67 countries and quietly amassed the world’s largest private collection of insects, with more than one million specimens. But as they grapple with Parkinson’s and their twilight years, these two soulmates—married for 55 years—decide to give the collection away. This humorous and poignant documentary explores the Love of Nature and the Nature of Love, and what it means to devote onself completely to both.


About the Filmmakers

Allison Otto
Allison Otto is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning documentary filmmaker, cinematographer and visual journalist. She co-directed the award-winning documentary short, The Love Bugs, which was shortlisted for a 2019 International Documentary Association Award. She is a 2019 recipient of the SFFILM Catapult Film Fellowship, a 2019 finalist for a Heartland Emmy for Outstanding Human Interest Special, a 2018 and 2011 Telluride Mountainfilm Commitment grant recipient and a 2018 Roy W. Dean grant winner. Her first film, Keeper of the Mountains (2013) screened more than 500 times in 32 countries and was named “One of the Best Adventure Films of 2013” by Outside magazine, including a screening at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

Her journalism clients have included National Geographic, BBC America, NBC, the Sierra Club, Travel Channel, Atlas Obscura, and Lonely Planet.

She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Communications and an MA in Sociology.

Maria Clinton
Maria Clinton is a filmmaker, photographer and consulting editor of nonfiction and fiction films. She is based in New York. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Film. Maria has co-presented the lecture Women Who Help Women: For Women, the Doc is in at Westchester Community College. She has also co-presented the lecture Stand For…Forgotten Emergencies (Media and the Intersection of Humanitarian Action and Social Justice) at Fairfield University. As a filmmaker, her work focuses on finding and sharing untold stories that shed light on underrepresented groups of people. Her current films include The Love Bugs and Side by Side. She has completed work for NBC, CNN’s Great Big Story,, Hudson News and non profit organizations.