Argentine filmmaker Dylan Williams recently visited the Paint Factory to share a private screening of his film “Jane & Payne” with our staff. Back in October 2013, Dylan and fellow filmmaker Boy Olmi arranged an historic meeting between our founder Roger Payne and the noted primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall. The two scientists have admired each other’s work for decades, but had never met in person before. Both were approaching their 80th birthdays.
The meeting took place at the Whale Camp in Patagonia, Argentina that Roger had established in the 1970s. The cameras were rolling to capture their meeting and their subsequent conversations, both alone at the camp and in front of an audience in Buenos Aires.
Up until this week, Ocean Alliance staff had only seen the trailer, which you can watch here. A free public screening of the complete film will be held at Woods Hole Historical Museum on October 13th.
“Jayne & Payne” is a poignant film that chronicles not only the noted scientists’ historic meeting, their mutual admiration, and their decades of accomplishments, but also their shared passion for using science and advocacy to preserve and improve life on our planet. It provokes viewers to think about how they can contribute to helping the planet themselves.
Coincidentally, our CEO Iain Kerr had just returned from the same Whale Camp in Patagonia, after conducting the first (and very successful) SnotBot field expedition. Iain shared some of his dramatic footage from the expedition with Dylan.
In the top photo, Dylan presents Iain with a signed book of photographs that he and another photographer shot in the Argentine National Parks. Dylan was accompanied by his nephew Christofer Schillachi, who is a Fishery Biologist for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries in New Bedford. Our staff had a fascinating conversation with Christofer about his work with clams.