Documentarians D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus – husband/wife directors of The War Room, the Oscar-nominated 1993 look at Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign—will feature IEET Fellow Steven Wise in their next project. The film will examine Wise’s mission to gain legal personhood for nonhuman animals.
Wise is the president of the Nonhuman Rights Project. The film will initially focus on certain animals, such as porpoises, elephants, whales and primates. These animals, Wise told The Hollywood Reporter, show “a capacity for autonomy and can act intentionally, which is something courts care about.”