From the Oscar winning team behind Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature — and indeed our own — is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.
It captures everything about documentary really well, from the fluid graphic style to the bizarre personalities of the people involved in the original project-- it even includes one of the film's best laugh lines, something a comedy trailer should never do but it's forgivable in the context of a documentary with so much else to offer
May 06, 2011
Project Nim Trailer: The Best Laid Plans Of Chimps And Men
I talked to Marsh in an excellent 20-minute conversation this afternoon, and I'm bringing you 10 minutes of it-- the least spoilery parts-- now, with the rest to come. Oh, and that bit in the headline about Kevin Smith?
Jan 27, 2011
Sundance Interview: James Marsh Talks Project Nim And Criticizes Kevin Smith
Matt Patches, my intrepid video blog partner, and I split off for a few of them, but caught enough movies in common to catch up with each other halfway through Day One to give a basic rundown. Weirdly enough
Jan 22, 2011
Sundance Video Blog Day One: Project Nim And The Music Never Stopped