Monkeys’ business documented in new film

Posted by erauch, September 24, 2011

The Hippodrome Theatre has gotten into some monkey business, and Nim Chimpsky is the source of it.

Starting today, the documentary film “Project Nim” will screen at the Hippodrome Cinema and run until Thursday. The film, directed by James Marsh, tells the story of Nim Chimpsky, a chimpanzee who was raised and nurtured like a human child in the 1970s and was taught American Sign Language in a failed experiment at Columbia University.

Before the first screening tonight, the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary and the Hippodrome Theatre will host a VIP (Very Important Primate) Jungle Jamboree. The event, which runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m., is a fundraiser and will feature a monkey art auction, vegan food donated by Loving Hut and raffles. The artworks being auctioned are paintings drawn by the monkeys living at the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, which is located about 10 miles north of Gainesville.