Though JANE was submitted for the best documentary film category in the upcoming Academy Awards sadly, it has not made the short list of contenders.
This film captures Jane Goodall the outdoorsy style icon naturalist during the happiest time of her life. Stream jumper and jungle trekker, sneaker clad in unmistakable Chuck Taylor's All-Star Converse and the Jack Purcell if I am correct, she followed her passion not intending to be glamorous. Part of her secret to have the chimpanzees feel secure in her midst, she was said to have studied them au naturale in the nude though not for filming purposes, according to director Brett Morgen at a recent screening, Q&A and brunch at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, CA.
A self taught scientist, this pioneering adventurer and explorer possessed patience in the extreme with the sustained attention necessary to enter the world of her animal subjects to study them as un-distracted as possible in the wild. It makes sense to me that being unclothed, as the chimps were, increased the primates curiosity providing unrivaled access into their troupe or community. Today, 60 years later, Ms. Goodall continues to travel the world to advocate for the preservation of endangered species.
Drawn from National Geographic archival footage hiding in plain sight, this inspiring and informative work of art was shot largely in the 1960's by Goodall’s late ex-husband Hugo van Lawick, a renowned nature photographer and filmmaker. In addition to the soundtrack by Philip Glass, much of the narration is taken from a book on tape of Goodall's,"Reason for Hope," (2000) rounded out by updated interviews and uncanny animation.
Director Morgen, and editor Joe Beshenkovsky skillfully tell the moving story of Jane Goodall, who has said this film among the 40 about her reveal her best as the woman whose chimpanzee research fleshed out our understanding of the natural world.
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