Video Services Corp.,
A film by Crystal Moselle
WINNER, GRAND JURY PRIZE, DOCUMENTARY, 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
in select cities across Canada
2015 Sundance Film Festival
2015 Tribeca Film Festival
2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
“A bombshell documentary.” – Kyle Smith, The New York Post
“Haunting and utterly unique.” – Alison Willmore, Buzzfeed
“An out-of-nowhere wallop.” – Amy Nicholson, The Village Voice
“Unlike any documentary you’ve ever seen. It marks the arrival of a major new talent [Crystal Moselle].” – Nigel Smith, Indiewire
“One of the most incredible docs I’ve seen anywhere. Has to be seen to be believed.” – Peter Howell, Toronto Star
It’s like a bizarre sociological experiment. The six Angulo brothers and their sister grew up in Lower Manhattan quarantined from the outside world – home-schooled by their new age parents, their worldview shaped mainly by movies watched on video.
This bizarre, self-created world-within-an-apartment is the canvas of The Wolfpack, the debut documentary feature by Crystal Moselle. It’s a discomfiting and fascinating peek into the complicated coping mechanisms of a family that opts to literally “drop out.”
Though there is a dark undercurrent beneath their existence – embodied by Oscar Angulo, the family’s obsessive, angry Peruvian patriarch – the boys have created a happier cinematic world of their own. They memorize, re-script and re-enact movies like No Country For Old Men and Pulp Fiction. They fashion their own props from duct tape and cardboard and shoot their own “takes” with anachronistic video equipment.
It’s a false reality that serves to supplant the real thing. “Memory is a curse,” says Mukunda Angulo enigmatically of his childhood.
Given the years that have gone into the Angulo’s claustrophobic family dynamic, Moselle’s documentary is exquisitely timed. We meet them as cracks are forming in the troubled father’s resolve, as the boys begin to make tentative forays into the outside world, and as the mother begins to rediscover her sense of self.
These “prison breaks” were key to Moselle finding her film. “I was walking in the East Village when these six striking long-haired teenagers ran past me,” she recalls. “There was something very different about them and I chased them down, asking questions. They said they were interested in making films and we sat in Washington Square talking movies. Earning their trust took some time. It was clear they were adolescents whose upbringing was based on fear. But as we went on, curiosity bridged the gap. They were interested in the film I was making. What would it be? What were my intentions? Once we figured out their story, there was no holding them back from telling it.”
The Wolfpack had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize, before coming to Toronto and having its International Premiere at the recent Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
About Video Services Corp
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all-platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes “Corner Gas,” Sharknado, Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves, and Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey series. Recent theatrical releases include Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, Iranian vampire sensation A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Cannes Selection Life Itself, and instant cult classic What We Do In The Shadows. Upcoming releases include Sundance selections Best of Enemies and Tangerine.
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