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Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Gene Siskel Film Center >> Pioneering biologist Anne Innis Dagg's lifelong passion for giraffes started at the Brookfield Zoo (Chicago, IL.)
Chicago Premiere of Acclaimed Documentary THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES
October 11-17 at the Gene Siskel Film Center
of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Pioneering zoologist, women’s activist, and author,
Dr. Anne Innis Dagg,
returns to Chicago where, as a child, she saw her first giraffe,
for the premiere of poignant documentary.
“A FASCINATING TALE…fine storytelling, combining ecology and social-justice issues while focusing on a woman ahead of her times” – Toronto Star
(Anne Innis Dagg and giraffe at Brookfield Zoo, Chicago 2016. Photo: Elaisa Vargas)
The Brookfield Zoo in Chicago plays an instrumental role in THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES. It is where Anne Innis Dagg fell in love with giraffes when she was only three years old. It is also where she returned over half a century later to receive an Excellence in Giraffe Science Award presented to her at the 2016 Giraffid Conference, which was hosted by the zoo.
THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES re-traces the trail-blazing journey of Dr. Anne Innis Dagg, who in 1956, at only 23 years old, became the first person in the world to scientifically research the behavior of an animal in the wilds of Africa, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas. The documentary offers an intimate account of her life as a young woman through personal correspondence and original 16mm film, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today.
THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES explores the insurmountable barriers Dagg faced as a female biologist whose research findings ultimately became the foundation for many scientists following in her footsteps. Though her pioneering efforts were groundbreaking, upon her return to North America, her career as a professor was destroyed when she applied for tenure in the 1970s was denied. It was the catalyst that transformed Dagg into a feminist activist.
Director Alison Reid says: “Chicago plays such an important role in Anne’s story. It’s where her mother was born and where her love affair with giraffes began—and it is also where Anne was celebrated by her peers after being re-discovered. Filming Anne interacting with the giraffes at The Brookfield Zoo was amazing and now to be showing our film at the Gene Siskel brings things full circle.”
THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES is directed and written by Alison Reid and produced by Joanne Jackson and Alison Reid. Executive Producer is Paul Zimic. The documentary features the voices of Tatiana Maslany, Victor Garber, David Chinchilla, and Lindsay Leese who read letters written by young Anne, Anne’s husband, Ian Dagg, and Anne’s mother, Mary Quayle Innis.
The film was made with the participation of Ontario Creates Film Fund, Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Program, the Rogers Documentary Fund, KinoSmith Inc., and Rogers Telefund. It is a Bell Media/Crave Original Documentary.
THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES will be presented at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St., in Chicago’s Loop Theater District. The subject of the film Dr. Anne Innis Dagg and filmmaker Alison Reid will be in Chicago for the screenings October 12-13. The October 16 screening is a Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club event with a post-screening discussion facilitated by Amy Roberts, Senior Curator of Mammals, Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo. For interviews, please contact Karen Durham or Lori Hile at the Gene Siskel Film Center (contact information is at the top of the release). Showtimes:
·Friday, October 11, 2 & 8:15 pm
·Saturday, October 12, 5 pm—Dr. Anne Innis Dagg and filmmaker Alison Reid in person
·Sunday, October 13, 2:30 pm—Dr. Anne Innis Dagg and filmmaker Alison Reid in person plus Amy Roberts, Senior Curator of Mammals, Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
·Monday, October 14, 6 pm
·Tuesday, October 15, 8:15 pm
·Wednesday, October 16, 6 pm—Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club, post-screening discussion facilitated by Amy Roberts, Senior Curator of Mammals, Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo
·Thursday, October 17, 8:15 pm
Tickets to each screening are $12/general admission, $7/students, $6/Film Center members, and $5/Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) staff and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) faculty, staff, and students. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/the-woman-who-loves-giraffes. There is a surcharge of $1.50 per ticket. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Thursday; 1:00 to 8:30 pm, Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm, Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm, Sunday.
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A Gene Siskel Film Center membership is a year-round ticket to great movies for only $6 per screening! Memberships are $50 (Individual) and $80 (Dual). For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/membership.
Discounted parking is available for $19 for 24 hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.
The Film Center is located near CTA trains and buses. Nearest CTA L stations are Lake (Red line); State/Lake (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple lines); and Washington (Blue line). CTA bus lines serving State St.: 2, 6, 10, 29, 36, 62, 144, and 146.
For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.
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About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience that has grown to over 100,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,500 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at saic.edu.