logo was inspired by Thomas Allen Harris'
visit to the Nazca lines - a series of enigmatic geoglyphs in Peru.
For Thomas, one of the earth carvings, a monkey made by indigenous
shamans for celestial eyes, came to symbolize the company's
quest to illuminate the Human Condition using audio-visual media
to uncover ancient truths.
Chimpanzee Productions, Inc., founded in 1992 by Thomas
Allen Harris, is dedicated to producing unique visual experiences
that embody the search for identity, family, and spirituality. Chimpanzee
Productions utilizes a wide range of media, including video, still
photography, installations, performance and film, to draw audiences
into an internal and external dialogue that transcends the artificial
barriers which separate people from each other and themselves. Our
films seek to create a sense of community and self-integration that
exults in shared experience and wisdom, to find a deeper truth in
the joy of being "human".
Some of our recent award-winning films include E Minha Cara/That's My Face funded by the Ford Foundation and broadcast on Sundance Channel, ARTE, YLE, Alliance Atlantis in 2005 and Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela a US-South African co-production commissioned by ITVS and NBPC and broadcast on PBS and STV Sweden 2006. Chimpanzee Productions is currently in development on several new projects including the production of "Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People", Digital Diaspora Family Reunion national community engagement multimedia initiative that empowers individuals and families across North America to create new photos, unearth old pictures, and share images documenting themselves and their neighborhoods, and "Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness" A documentary about Massachusetts State Representative and Civil Rights Movement veteran Byron Rushing, who together with a group of progressive Black clergy and activists, took the campaign for same sex marriage into African-American communities. Byron directly challenged Black clergy, defining the right of same sex marriage as a civil rights issue on par with the campaigns of 1950's and 1960's.