The Bug Witch
Tracy Hoida, Writer
Sloan Grant(s) Received: 2021, Screenwriting Award, Carnegie Mellon University
Project Type: TV Pilot
Genre: Drama, Biopic
Length: 60 minutes
Field of Science: Entomology, Scientific Illustration
In 17th century Amsterdam, naturalist and biological illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian grows tired of her dismissive male peers and dares to risk an expedition to South America to study and document the insect and plant life of the new world. With only a few decades past when women with an interest in insects were burned as witches in Europe, what new dangers will Merian and her daughter encounter during their three-year expedition far down the winding Lawa River and deep into the inhospitable tropical forests of Surinam? And is the danger truly in nature or is it in her fellow countryman who dare to try to tame and enslave this new world?