Cheeta doc wins HSUS grant

Chosen for showing how primates are used in entertainment

David Grabias' "Cinema Chimp," a portrait of Cheeta, who's starred in numerous Hollywood films, received a $25,000 grant from the Humane Society of the United States at the AFI: Discovery Channel Documentary Film Festival, which concluded Monday in Silver Spring, Md. The film was picked for showing how primates are used in the entertainment business.

The HSUS' Animal Content in Entertainment Grant is designed to encourage the inclusion of animal protection issues in short- and longform documentary filmmaking.

" 'Cinema Chimp' is the perfect example of how a documentary can bring an animal protection concern -- or any pressing social issue -- to the forefront through a compelling and engaging story line that has the potential to create a shift in public attitudes," said the HSUS' Ross Hammer.

"Cinema Chimp" was selected from five finalist projects by a panel of broadcast executives from PBS, Animal Planet, National Geographic Channel, and the HSUS.