Grizzly Man is the critically acclaimed 2005 American documentary film directed by German director Werner Herzog, and produced by Erik Nelson. It chronicles the life and death of bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell, and includes some of Treadwell’s own footage of his extraordinary interactions with brown bears, and interviews with people who knew Treadwell. This award winning documentary was co-produced by Discovery Docs, the Discovery Channel’s former theatrical documentary unit, and Lionsgate Entertainment. The film’s soundtrack is by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson, who improvised the soundtrack under Herzog’s direction, a recording session chronicled in the short film In The Edges. A Q & A with Werner Herzog will follow the screening.

Note: The screening and Q & A following will only be presented in-person.

Tickets and Details

The screening is free and open to the public. Advance tickets required; get tickets through University Ticketing.

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COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to the maximum extent, which now includes a COVID booster shot for all eligible to receive it, and to wear a mask when indoors. Speakers may be unmasked while presenting.


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About Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog looks off camera in dim light with chin in hand

Werner Herzog (Photo courtesy of Werner Herzog)

Werner Herzog, born in Munich in 1942, grew up as a child in a remote valley in the Bavarian mountains. Until age 11, he did not even know of the existence of cinema.

He started to develop film projects from age 15 on, and since no one was willing to finance them, he worked the night shift as a welder in a steel factory during the last years of high school. He also started to travel on foot.

He made his first phone call at age 17 and his first film at 19. He dropped out of college where he studied history and literature.

Since then he has written, produced, and directed some 70 films, has published books of prose, staged about a dozen operas, acted in films, and founded his own Rogue Film School.

Presented By

  • Department of German
  • Department of Art and Archaeology