You might be one of those people who think your parents ruined you. Maybe you sabotage your relationships the minute you realize you’re happy. Perhaps you’re so afraid of commitment you can’t even own a house plant without suffering heart palpitations. And let’s not even discuss the strange obsession you have with Martha Stewart, and I’m not talking about her homemaking tips. No matter what bizarre Freudian issues you have, take a moment to put those aside and appreciate the mind fuck that is the life of the Wolfpack.
Meet the Angulo family. They live in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in a four bedroom apartment where they were home schooled by their mother and forbidden to leave the apartment by their father. Imagine stepping outside of your home only once a year, if that. Daily human interaction consists of contact with no one but your family, which amounts to eight people. Eight. So what did the Angulo boys do all day to keep the boredom at bay? Same thing as you. They watched movies.
Director Crystal Moselle met the Angulo brothers by chance as she was walking down First Avenue. She saw one of them race by her in a suit, his long hair bouncing as he weaved in and out of people on the sidewalk. Then came another. And then another. She said her first instinct was to run after them, and, after catching up to the group at a cross walk, they got to talking. Their friendship developed through a shared love of the cinema, and over time led to the making of a documentary film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 31st Sundance Film Festival. “I thought that it was going to be some sweet film about these kids trying to make a movie,” Crystal Moselle said of The Wolfpack, “…but it became so much bigger than that.”
First watch the documentary, then take a look at what the Angulo brothers are up to these days in VICE’s The Wolfpack goes to Hollywood. Have fun my Strange and Curious friends!