JANE, the Dinosaur, to make documentary debut

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-114848925124449.jpg’, ‘Image courtesy of www.burpee.org‘, ‘A documentary about JANE—“The Mystery Dinosaur”—premieres June 9 at the Coronado Threatre and will air on the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel! later this summer.’);

JANE the Dinosaur, is preparing for her close-up. The Mystery Dinosaur premieres June 9 at the Coronado Theatre, 314 N. Main St. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the movie begins at 7 p.m.

That’s not the only exposure the Brave New Pictures-produced documentary will receive. Producer Dave Monk said the film will be shown on the Discovery and Science channels in more than 50 countries. Reality coincided with Monk’s hopes and dreams.

“Our eventual goal was to end up getting it seen internationally,” he said.

Burpee Museum Marketing and Development Director Jill Trojnier said the film would draw more people to the museum. In addition to learning about JANE, Trojnier hopes people learn Burpee is a life-long learning institution.

“JANE is just one thing. There’s a lot more at the museum,” she said, thanking the community for “embracing JANE.”

Monk said working on and learning about JANE can include the entire family. His daughters, Dina, 13, and Julia, 11, were involved in the project. “If our kids are involved, that’s more time we get to spend with them,” Monk said.

The project has given his daughters some lasting memories, Monk said. “It’s been the greatest experience of my life,” he said.

The production took more than three years to finish. Monk said he and wife and fellow producer, Kathy, began the project while scientists were still trying to identify what they’d found. An earlier encounter with Burpee Museum of Natural History made the opportunity possible. He used the museum as a prehistoric forest backdrop for another project.

“I was in a pretty good position to work on a project with the museum,” Monk said.

According to Monk, the film includes a unique perspective. He said the usual programs about dinosaurs don’t delve into the personalities of those who discover them.

The Discovery Channel was somewhat surprised the film had been completed.

“(It) never heard of such an ambitious project for such a small group,” he said.

Completing the production has put Monk in an unusual position. He’ll probably be expected to speak at the premiere.

“We’re used to being behind the scenes,” Monk said.

Sharing some of what he plans to say in his speech, Monk said he was happy about the friendship and collaboration with Burpee Museum staff.

“It helped me gain a real appreciation for the city of Rockford,” he said.

Tickets are $5 for adults, while children younger than 17 are free. Preferred seating for both adults and children is $10. A VIP package, including two tickets, director’s cut DVD and an autographed poster, is $65. Call 968-5222 or visit, www.centreevents.com.

From the May 24-30, 2006, issue

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