Astronauts. Dave Matthews. Chimpanzees. Jane Goodall has friends in high places, and they’ll all be at Jane Goodall Live, an event that'll bring the revered naturalist to 500 movie theaters across America on Tuesday, September 27.
Despite her lack of a science degree at the time, Goodall traveled to Tanzania in her mid-twenties to study primates. She went on to redefine the field of animal behavior. Along the way, she’s earned more medals than Michael Phelps and more diplomas than James Franco.
The night begins with a premiere of the biopic Jane’s Journey, which offers fresh material for even the savviest connoisseurs of Goodall's documentary oeuvre. Broadcaster Fathom Events promises “hippos in steamy pools,” appearances by Angelina Jolie and other celebrities, early footage that was recently discovered in Goodall’s attic, and “a look at the fun and playful Jane few get to see.”
The broadcast will also feature an interactive segment during which Goodall will confer by video with astronauts, talk to Dave Matthews, and field questions submitted in advance by the public. She and Matthews have been chummy since a 2007 Live Earth concert. As he told Rolling Stone, “My guitar exploded on the first song, [but] it was overshadowed by the fact that I met Jane Goodall. I’ll never forget that as long as I live.” This past March, Matthews and Goodall traveled to Nebraska to watch sandhill cranes migrate.
Tickets can be purchased from Fathom Events. Prices vary by location but average around $15.
-- Jake Abrahamson / image by Eric Liebowitz courtesy of JAG Entertainment