Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood.
Armed with unprecedented access into the subjects’ world, as well as their vast archive of home movies, director Crystal Moselle crafts a captivating portrait of an extraordinary family and inquires into the true nature of identity and creativity. By fully immersing herself into their world, she allows their remarkable story to naturally unfold without judgment. The Wolfpack resonates with the audience as it portrays people raised on movies. —T.G.
Crystal Moselle is a New York-based director working with short-form storytelling for the past decade. Her series Something Big, Something Small, featuring Pharrel Williams, Aurel Schmidt, and Shepard Fairey, was picked up by The New York Times. She also produced the feature documentary Excavating Taylor Mead, a portrait of the downtown artist and Warhol superstar, which was part of the 2006 Whitney Biennial. The Wolfpack is her first feature-length documentary.