A new documentary about legendary scientist Jane Goodall will be presented Oct. 9 at the Hollywood Bowl in an exclusive one- night engagement that will feature a live-to-film concert performed by a 54- piece orchestra, and include special appearances by composer Philip Glass, director Brett Morgen and Goodall herself, organizers announced Thursday.

Directed by Morgen — whose other documentary credits include “Crossfire Hurricane,” “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” and “The Kid Stays in the Picture” — “Jane” pulls from more than 100 hours of never-before- seen footage filmed by Hugo van Lawick, a National Geographic filmmaker who eventually married Goodall, as well as research footage from the Jane Goodall Institute, Goodall family videos and personal commentary.

“I wanted `Jane’ to be like a cinematic opera, and that idea led me to Philip Glass” Morgen said. “There’s this almost dreamlike element to his score. The way the chimpanzees and all the other animals move in sync with the music. It’s a magical component to Jane’s romantic view of nature.”

“I’m extremely pleased that `Jane’ will be seen at the Hollywood Bowl with a live orchestral score,” said Glass. “What better way to experience this film and honor Jane Goodall’s contributions to society?”

Born in London in 1934, Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild in Gombe, Tanzania, when when was still in her 20s. She immersed herself in the chimps’ habitat as a neighbor rather than a distant observer. Her discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific world and redefined the relationship between humans and animals.

In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute to advance her work around the world and for generations to come. Thursday, she travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, and other environmental crises. She is also a U.N. Messenger of Peace.

Tickets to the event go on sale Friday at noon at www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets, (800) 745-3000 and the Hollywood Bowl box office. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9, with the show beginning at 8 p.m. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to the Jane Goodall Institute.

The film will have a 25-city theatrical release beginning Oct. 20 in Los Angeles and New York.

–City News Service

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