Brett Morgen directed Jane, built around long-lost footage of the famed primatologist
Brett Morgen, the filmmaker who created an indelible portrait of Hollywood producer Robert Evans in The Kid Stays in the Picture, has turned his lens onto another important cultural figure.
His film Jane, about acclaimed primatologist Jane Goodall, is set to premiere in select theaters on October 20. It will screen at the Hollywood Bowl on October 9, with a live performance of the score composed by Philip Glass. Jane will be shown as part of the IDA's screening series in Los Angeles on October 4, followed by a Q&A with Morgen.
The documentary from National Geographic Films draws on footage of Goodall from the 1960s when she traveled to Gombe, Tanzania to undertake her groundbreaking research on chimpanzees in the wild. The material was shot by Hugo van Lawick, who would later become Goodall's husband.
"Previously thought to be lost forever, the footage was only recently discovered in a storage unit, and has been now masterfully intercut with interviews of present day Jane Goodall to provide an in-depth portrait of her life," National Geographic said in a release. "Jane is a captivating and immersive look into how one woman can change the world through passion, dedication, and perseverance."
NatGeo has just released an official trailer for the documentary. Watch it here:
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.