Fellow: Awarded 2010
Field of Study: Film
Competition: US & Canada
Matt Wolf is a filmmaker and writer in New York. His critically acclaimed and award-winning feature documentary Wild Combination, about the avant-garde cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell, premiered at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. It played in over sixty international film festivals, museums, and cinemas (Edinburgh, IFC Center, MoMA, ICA London) and was included on numerous "Top 10" lists. The film was released theatrically in the U.S. and U.K., distributed worldwide by Plexifilm, and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel.
Matt has produced and directed short documentaries for The New York Times and the series High Line Stories for the Sundance Channel. Recently he directed a documentary component of New York Export Opus Jazz, a film collaboration with New York City Ballet dancers and PBS Great Performances that won an Audience Award at SXSW. Matt is a graduate of New York University's Film School, where he received the prestigious W. T. C. Johnson Fellowship.
Currently Matt is developing an unconventional historical film with the seminal punk author Jon Savage based on his groundbreaking book Teenage. The film examines the history of youth culture between 1900 and 1950, and charts the invention of modern teenagers.