Science on Screen®: Jane
Midnight weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnight)!
Run Time: 120 min. Rating: PG
Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.
Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall — a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.
Preceding the film, Christine Maher, Professor of Biology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Southern Maine’s College of Science, Technology, and Health will give a presentation on “What can nonsocial woodchucks tell us about social behavior?”
Christine’s research interests lie in the field of behavioral ecology and, more specifically, mammalian social behavior and social organization, in which she adopts a field-oriented approach to her research. She has examined the role that ecological conditions (e.g., food resources) play in shaping the behavior patterns of animals and, in turn, a population’s spatial organization.
In 1998, she began working with woodchucks, animals whose relatives are much more social than they are. Little research has been done on these animals since the 1960s and late 1980s, so a great deal remains to be learned. Christine is interested in the evolution of social behavior in mammals, and these animals can be used to test various ideas about why other marmot species are more social.
This event will be free for ALL thanks to the Science on Screen grant received by The Gem.
An initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.