Free Members-Only Screening: Lucy the Human Chimp


Free Members-Only Screening: Lucy the Human Chimp

Please note…

This screening has reached its registration capacity.

Film Independent Members, you and a guest are invited to watch HBO Max’s Lucy the Human Chimp in our Film Independent Presents Online Screening Room, powered by Vision Media. A special pre-recorded conversation with writer/director Alex Parkinson, moderated by Jenn Wilson (Senior Programmer, Film Independent), is included as part of this screening experience.

Lucy the Human Chimp tells the profound story of Lucy Temerlin, a female chimpanzee raised as human from birth in a domestic environment, and Janis Carter, the woman who took on the seemingly impossible task of giving her a new life in the wild.

As a student in 1970s Oklahoma, Janis Carter took a job caring for Lucy, a chimp raised as a human by psychologists Maurice and Jane Temerlin. But when Lucy reached adolescence, the Temerlins realized her size and strength made her too dangerous to cohabitate with humans and devised a plan to take Lucy to Gambia, where she would be taught to live in the wild. Planning to go along for just a few weeks to help Lucy acclimate, Janis ended up becoming the leader of Lucy’s small chimpanzee troupe – and ultimately left behind her life in the U.S. forever. A gripping story of survival against the odds, Lucy the Human Chimp is a moving, first-person account of Janis’ life with Lucy – a remarkable, unbreakable friendship between species.

2021, 79 minutes, color | Written and Directed by Alex Parkinson | Starring Janis Carter, Lorna Nickson Brown, Peter Elliott, Jacinta Mulcahy, Alex Boyl | Produced by Bridget Appleby | Executive Produced by Matthew Cole, Sacha Mirzoeff, Casey Meure

Registration Information

All Film Independent Members can register for this online screening starting at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 28. | Registration is free; one registration per Membership. | Proof of Member status is required to complete registration.

Arts Circle and Film Lover Members are guaranteed access to this event; email for more information.

How to Watch

On the first day of screening availability, registered Members (and guests, when applicable) will be emailed a secure link by our partner Vision Media to watch this title in the Film Independent Presents Online Screening Room.

Online Screening Policies

Availability window and registration capacity may vary; always register as early as possible to ensure access. Links are watermarked, nontransferable and may only be used by the Member who completed the registration. Limit one link per Membership, per event.

Members are required to follow all rules and guidelines as laid out by Film Independent and/or its partners. If a guest has been registered for an event by a Member, these policies shall apply to that guest. Violation of policies may result in suspension or termination of Membership.

Event details and guest participation are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.