'The Rise of the Planet of the Apes' won't be out until Aug. 5, but we have something that should cure your monkey-related withdrawal in the meantime: the first six minutes of the chimp documentary 'Project Nim.'
In 'Nim,' James Marsh, who directed the 2008's acclaimed 'Man on Wire,' follows a chimp that ends up being raised as a human child with a family in New York City in the 1970s. In the preview, we get to see background on how the project got started.
Although the movie has gotten positive reviews since its debut at Sundance, a feud has since developed between Marsh and Herbert Terrace, the scientist who led the project. According to Terrace, he thinks the movie shows him in an unfavorable light and that he exploited the chimp. However, he says that couldn't be further from the truth:
"I'm upset because the film creates the impression the project was a failure because it didn't turn out the way I'd hoped it would when I started ... The only line between success and failure for scientists is really whether they honestly report their results, and I did that ... The film also suggests I was not affectionately involved with Nim. And that's not true ... [Marsh has] made a technically good film, but he's misrepresented me, and he misrepresented the science."Check out the first six minutes of 'Project Nim' below and judge for yourself: