The subject of D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus' next project says that certain animals, including porpoises, elephants, whales and primates, deserve fundamental common law rights.
For their next project, renowned 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 spotlight a lawyer on a mission to gain legal personhood for nonhuman animals. The duo are following Steve Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Project who teaches animal rights jurisprudence at several law schools. The project will initially focus on certain animals that show "a capacity for autonomy and can act intentionally, which is something courts care about," Wise tells THR.