Professor of Psychology and Director of the Animal Behavior and Conservation MA and Certificate Programs, Hunter College; Professor in the Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology Doctoral program at The Graduate Center, CUNYand
Filmmaker, MING OF HARLEMand
Subject, MESHIE: CHILD OF A CHIMPANZEE
Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air— Wild lives: Ming of Harlem and Meshie the chimpanzee
The bizarre scenario that can result from people cohabiting with animals is on view in two documentaries from different eras. Meshie, Child of a Chimpanzee (1932) and Ming of Harlem (2014) screen back-to-back, followed by a conversation between director Ming director Phillip Warnell and pioneering animal cognition researcher Diana Reiss. Harry Raven, six-years-old when his father filmed him and Meshie the chimpanzee living in the Raven family home, introduces the film and participates in the post-screening question and answer session.
Antoine Yates shares his Harlem high-rise apartment with Ming, a 500-pound tiger and Al, a 7-foot alligator.
A documentary exploring secret lives, behavior, and extreme levels of human-beast intimacy and communication, focusing on the 'only in New York' story of Antoine Yates and his cohabitation in a Harlem high-rise with Ming, a five-hundred-pound tiger and Al, a seven-foot alligator, combined with filmic observation of predators in domesticated geographies.
Banner photo: Phillip Warnell