Director: Crystal Moselle Run Time: 80 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2015
Starring: , Bhagavan Angulo, Govinda Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo, Krsna Angulo, Mukunda Angulo, Narayana Angulo
Sundance Grand Jury Documentary winner, THE WOLFPACK, charts a fascinating coming-of-age story that serves as a true example of the power of movies to transform and save lives.
The Angulo brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Nicknamed “The Wolfpack,” they’re home-schooled, exceedingly bright, have no acquaintances outside of their own family, and have practically never left the confines of their apartment. What they know of the outside world is gleaned from films they watch obsessively, which they meticulously recreate using elaborate homemade props and costumes. For years this has served as a productive, creative outlet to stave off loneliness, but after one of the brothers escapes the apartment (wearing a Michael Meyers mask for protection), their lives are transformed, and the boys begin to dream of exploring.
Armed with unprecedented access into the subjects’ world and a vast archive of home movies, first-time director Crystal Moselle crafts a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary family, capturing the thrill of the Wolfpack’s discoveries without skirting the darker questions of abuse and confinement that weigh upon all of them.