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We all know Curious George. Since its first publication in 1941, over 75 million books have sold in more than 25 languages. “Monkey Business” explores the lesser known tale of George’s authors, Hans and Margret Rey.
From fleeing Nazi-occupied France on handmade bicycles to encounters with exotic animals in Brazil, the Reys lived lives of adventure that are reflected in the pages of one of the most treasured children’s book series of all time. Who the Reys were, is why we have George.
James Erekson, associate professor of reading at the University of Northern Colorado, will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.
About the Filmmaker:
Ema is the director, producer, and editor of “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators.” This will be her first directorial feature documentary.
In 2013 her documentary, “Monk by Blood,” aired internationally on Al Jazeera English. The film also played at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2014. As an editor, Ema’s work has screened on HBO, PBS, at Sundance, the Toronto Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and the Director’s Guild of America, among others. In 2014, Ema was an editor on CNN’s docu-series “Chicagoland,” executive produced by Robert Redford. Most recently, she was the co-producer and editor of “Class Divide,” an HBO Documentary directed by Marc Levin, which won the Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC in 2015.
Running time: 80 minutes