or


[12/04/12 - 07:29 AM]
Sundance-Winning Documentary "Project Nim," Following One Chimp's Extraordinary and Revealing Journey, Debuts Dec. 20, Exclusively on HBO
James Marsh directed the film, which is based on the book "Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human" by Elizabeth Hess.

[via press release from HBO]

SUNDANCE-WINNING DOCUMENTARY "PROJECT NIM," FOLLOWING ONE CHIMP'S EXTRAORDINARY AND REVEALING JOURNEY, DEBUTS DEC. 20, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

Raised like a child, studied as an experiment and returned to captivity when his animal instincts surfaced, Nim Chimpsky lived a life that was as exceptional as it was heart-wrenching.

From the Oscar(R)-winning team behind "Man on Wire," PROJECT NIM tells the story of the chimpanzee who was the focus of a landmark experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Combining recent testimony from key participants with dramatic imagery and newly discovered archival film from the 1970s, the feature documentary follows Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, chronicling his enduring impact on the people he meets.

Winner of the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, PROJECT NIM debuts THURSDAY, DEC. 20 (9:00-10:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 24 (4:30 p.m.) and 28 (2:45 p.m.), and Jan. 1 (11:55 p.m.), 6 (12:30 p.m.), 9 (10:30a.m.) and 14 (3:45 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Jan. 2 (8:00 p.m.). 22 (1:00 p.m.) and 28 (12:45 p.m., 12:35 a.m.)

Based on the book "Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human," by Elizabeth Hess, PROJECT NIM is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal that sciencetried to make human. What it reveals about his true nature - and humanity's - is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.

In 1973, at the Institute for Primate Studies in Oklahoma, a baby chimp is born. A few dayslater, his mother is knocked down by a tranquilizer, and her screaming babyseized and placed into the arms of a new human "mother." Thus begins Project Nim, a university-funded experiment to show that a chimpanzee can learn to communicate with language if raised like a human. Under the auspices of Columbia psychology professor Herb Terrace, the chimp, Nim, is brought to NYC to live with Stephanie LaFarge, one of Terrace's former students.

Though LaFarge knows next to nothing about chimps, her bond with Nim is immediate, but the collateral damage on her home and family eventually becomes a problem. Displeased with Nim's unstructured upbringing, Terrace enlists psychology student Laura Petitto to ferry Nim back and forth to a Columbia classroom and teach him sign language. Eventually, he moves Nim and Petitto to the Delafield Estate, a Riverdale mansion owned by Columbia. As Nim learns to communicate using dozens of signs, the media latches on to Nim's story, resulting in a cover piece in New York magazine.

As time passes, Nim grows stronger and his animal nature emerges. Though affectionate and playful, he also becomes aggressive and unpredictable. Having been bitten once too often by Nim and after briefly becoming romantically involved with Terrace, Petitto leaves Delafield, ceding control of Nim to Bill Tynan and Joyce Butler, who counters a Nim attack with a warning bite of her own. Renee Falitz, trained as an interpreter for the deaf, also works with Nim, but leaves after Nim savagely bites her in the face.

Explaining, "Nobody keeps chimps more than five years," Terrace decides to end the experiment, and returns a tranquilized Nim to the Institute for Primate Studies in Oklahoma, where the disoriented animal encounters other chimps for the first time since birth. Although the other chimps don't understand sign language, Nim eventually adjusts to living with them under the supervision of IPS staffers Bob Ingersoll and Alyce Moore. When the center runs out of funds a few years later, Nim and other chimps are sold to LEMSIP, an NYU research facility, where they are subjected to a series of lab experiments while living in small cages. Though he later condemns such research as inhumane, Dr. James Mahony supervises these experiments, drawing the ire of Ingersoll and other Nim caregivers.

News of Nim's predicament inspires a movement to free him. After lawyer Henry Herrmann suggests that Nim be given a day in court to testify on his own behalf using sign language, NYU sells the chimp to Cleveland Amory, an animal-rights activist who runs Black Beauty Ranch, a Texas sanctuary for abused, mostly hooved, animals. But with no chimps or human friends, Nim is isolated and lonely; he smashes a TV and accidentally kills a poodle in a fit of rage. When Stephanie LaFarge, his first human mother, reunites with Nim after almost 20 years, Nim immediately recognizes her and attacks when she unwisely enters his cage. Though shaken by the experience, LaFarge is relieved and grateful when Nim spares her life.

When LEMSIP closes in 1995, Mahony moves a number of the facility's chimps to more humane locations. Two of them, Mitch and Lulu, join Nim at Black Beauty, and his life and attitude improve. With old friend Bob Ingersoll often dropping by for visits, Nim lives for five more years before dying of a heart attack in May 2000.

For more on the film, please visit facebook.com/HBODocs and twitter.com @HBODocs #ProjectNim.

PROJECT NIM is directed by James Marsh; produced by Simon Chinn; editor, Jinx Godfrey; executive producers, John Battsek, Andrew Ruhemann, Jamie Laurenson, Nick Fraser and Hugo Grumbar; director of photography, Michael Simmonds; original music by Dickon Hinchliffe. For HBO Documentary Films: senior producer, Nancy Abraham; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.





  [december 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[10/19/18 - 11:16 AM]
"Station 19" Comes in Hot with a Full-Season Order From ABC
In the Live + 3 Day ratings, "Station 19" built on its season premiere by 24% in Total Viewers and by 25% in Adults 18-49 to set new series highs.

[10/19/18 - 11:00 AM]
FOX Places Back-Nine Order of "The Cool Kids," Joining "Last Man Standing" for a Full Season
The network has picked up nine additional episodes of the new comedy.

[10/19/18 - 10:31 AM]
Video: Showtime(R) Drops the Trailer for New Comedy "Black Monday" on Anniversary of the Historic Stock Market Crash
Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall star in the series, premiering Sunday, January 20 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/19/18 - 10:09 AM]
Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban Set to Perform at "The 52nd Annual CMA Awards"
Ballerini is a six-time career CMA Awards nominee, returning this year with her fourth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year nomination.

[10/19/18 - 09:21 AM]
Paloma Faith Joins "Pennyworth" for Epix and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Based on the Characters from DC
She'll play the series regular role of "Bet Sykes," a spirited, sadistic and sharp-tongued villain.

[10/19/18 - 08:53 AM]
Showtime(R) Releases Season Six Premiere of "Ray Donovan" Early to Subscribers
The episode is now available only to Showtime subscribers via Showtime streaming, Showtime Anytime and on demand.

[10/19/18 - 08:13 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Holds Onto Demo Crown with "Thursday Night Football"
Despite a blowout Broncos-Cardinals game, the network once again takes home top honors among adults 18-49.

[10/19/18 - 08:02 AM]
Video: Sundance TV Releases "Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle" Trailer in Advance of Two-Night Special Event
Look for said event on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18 at 9:00/8:00c.

[10/19/18 - 07:58 AM]
WE tv's Groundbreaking Docuseries "Love After Lockup" Returns Friday, December 7 at 9PM ET/PT
WE tv's explosive docuseries is back for a second season, exploring new shocking and revealing stories of couples who fall in love despite the prison bars between them.

[10/19/18 - 06:30 AM]
New Kids on the Block Singer Jonathan Knight to Star in HGTV Pilot "Farmhouse Fixer"
"Old farmhouses are American treasures," said Jonathan. "Most have been in the same family for 200 years and have never been renovated. And they're disappearing fast. If we don't save them, they're going to be gone."

[10/19/18 - 06:00 AM]
National Geographic Taps Angela Bassett to Narrate Stunning Natural History Special "The Flood"
The two-hour wildlife documentary special premieres Sunday, November 25 at 8:00/7:00c.

[10/18/18 - 04:45 PM]
Bette Midler, Brooke Shields, John Larroquette, Katie Couric and Peter Gallagher to Guest Star in the CBS/Warner Bros. Television Comedy "Murphy Brown"
Midler reprises her role 20 years later as Caprice Morton, previously known as Caprice Feldman, Murphy's former secretary.

[10/18/18 - 01:15 PM]
David Nevins Named Chief Creative Officer, CBS Corporation
Nevins has also been promoted to Chairman of Showtime Networks Inc., and will remain as the business's Chief Executive Officer.

[10/18/18 - 12:03 PM]
"We Are Not Done Yet," Following U.S. Veterans Striving to Combat Military Trauma, Debuts Nov. 8 in Conjunction with Veterans Day, Exclusively on HBO
The film profiles a group of veterans and active-duty service members as they come together to combat past and current traumas through the written word, sharing their experiences in a USO writing workshop at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

[10/18/18 - 11:40 AM]
Bravo's "Top Chef" Races to Kentucky for Season 16 Beginning Thursday, December 6 at 9PM ET/PT
This season, 15 new talented chefs from cities big and small across the U.S. will compete for the sought-after title amid the unique culinary scenes in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland, before heading abroad for an epic finale showdown in Macau, China.