In the 1960s, National Geographic sent cameraman Hugo van Lawick to film Jane Goodall's pioneering work with chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park. Goodall was a striking figure, hand-picked in her twenties by groundbreaking paleontologist Louis Leakey for her love of animals, her appetite for adventure, and her patience. Hugo shot over 140 hours of 16mm footage that was stored in an archive for decades - until now. This isn't a traditional nature film or biography, but a romantic epic, an extraordinary visual record of a visionary woman. Toronto 2017.
Born in Los Angeles, he is a graduate of Hampshire College and NYU. His documentaries include Ollie's Army (1996), On the Ropes (Special Jury Award at Sundance 1999, nominated for the best documentary Oscar), The Kid Stays in the Picture (Cannes 2002), Chicago 10 (Sundance 2007), Crossfire Hurricane (2012) and Cobain: Montage of Heck (Sundance and Berlin 2015).