‘The Wolfpack’ Documentary About Teens Isolated in LES Housing Projects Wins Top Honors at Sundance
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The Lower East Side scored substantial exposure at the Sundance Film Festival this year with The Wolfpack. This film – created by director Crystal Moselle – won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary.
The Wolfpack chronicles the sheltered existence of seven siblings in a cramped NYCHA apartment on Delancey Street. The Angulo clan – six sons and one daughter – rarely leave the house and have spent a life in near-isolation, home-schooled by Hare Krisna parents. Hidden from society at large, the teens grew addicted to movies and began re-enacting their favorites with homemade props. Reservoir Dogs and The Dark Knight, in particular. Cinema was their only window to the world.
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
First-time feature filmmaker Moselle happened to meet the six brothers (all of them teens at the time) during the first week they all ventured outside together without parental supervision. After befriending them, she was allowed into the home they share in a housing project overlooking the Lower East Side’s Delancey Street. Rail-thin with straight black hair hanging to their waists, the boys had spent almost their entire lives in these rooms, being homeschooled by their mother (a hippie raised in the Midwest) and watched over by a father (the Peruvian she fell in love with while abroad) whose fearfulness of New York crime led to this overprotectiveness.