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USA, 2020, 88 min., English
Jane Goodall is indefatigable. At 86 years old, she is on the move nonstop, rushing around the world to make sure that she can raise money for her critical work. The terrific documentary Jane, released in 2017, focused on this remarkable woman’s origin story while this new film, The Hope by National Geographic, gives an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating process of being Jane Goodall, global icon. We get a real insight into how she does what she does and also what it costs her. Somehow, she makes it all happen by having a top-rate staff, a keen strategic awareness, and endless good cheer, some of which is helped along by a little nip-at-night of alcohol. As she says once in the film while imbibing, “I think I have earned this.” Yes, she most definitely has.
DIR: Elizabeth Leiter, Kim Woodard
PROD: Greg Henry, George Kralovansky, Isaac Holub
EXEC PROD: Tracy Rudolph
EDITOR: Matt Colbourn; Jon Sauer
Kim Woodard is co-founder and co-president of award-winning production company Lucky 8, which creates unscripted content for broadcast and cable networks, as well as streaming platforms. Since the company’s 2014 inception, she has executive produced hundreds of hours of programming, encompassing nearly every unscripted and non-fiction genre, from formatted reality to docuseries.
Woodard was featured in Variety’s 2018 New York Women’s Impact Report, and her prodco’s content has received constant acclaim. Under the Lucky 8 banner, she has executive produced content that explores important social issues like incarceration, education, and gender bias. This includes A&E’s award-winning series 60 Days In, currently in its sixth season, as well as Undercover High and Bravo’s In A Man’s World with executive producer Viola Davis.
Elizabeth Leiter is a documentary filmmaker with over a decade of experience crafting films and television. She made her directorial debut in 2019 with Frontline’s The Abortion Divide. Her producing credits include the Emmy-nominated series Parched for National Geographic, the feature film This Is Home that premiered at Sundance, and the Academy Award-nominated HBO documentary short God is the Bigger Elvis. She has also produced television content for PBS, National Geographic, CNN and VICE. Leiter’s work has taken her around the world and to all seven continents.