Wednesday, October 16, 2002

FILMMAKERS CONNECTED WITH WILD CHIMPANZEES

Film producer found creative challenge in chimp-human connection
Published Oct 15, 2002 OMNVAR

Mike Day suddenly understood his creative challenge when he had an eyeball-to-eyeball encounter with a wild chimpanzee.

The executive producer from the Science Museum of Minnesota was scouting in Tanzania four years ago for a film about primatologist Jane Goodall's famous studies in Gombe National Park.

Day's crew passed a chimp with its back to the trail. Day, the last person in line, crouched to get a better look.

"He turned around and stared into my eyes," Day said. "There was no way I could look away."

Day was overwhelmed, he said, by the feeling "you are looking into the eyes of a cousin whom you have not seen for 6 million years."...