Matt Wolf is a filmmaker in New York. His critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary films have played widely in festivals and have been distributed internationally in theaters and on television. Matt’s features include Wild Combination about the cult cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell, Teenage about early youth culture and the birth of teenagers, Recorder about the activist Marion Stokes, who secretly recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years, and Spaceship Earth about Biosphere 2, a controversial experiment where 8 people lived quarantined inside a replica of the planet.
As producer, Matt’s latest film The Stroll tells the history of New York’s Meatpacking District from the perspective of transgender sex workers who lived and worked there. The film won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance and is streaming on HBO. Matt is currently finishing a multipart film about Paul Reubens and his alter ego Pee-wee Herman.
Matt has made numerous short films about artists and queer history, including Bayard & Me on the civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who adopted his younger boyfriend in the early 1980s to obtain equal rights, HBO’s It’s Me, Hilary about the Eloise illustrator Hilary Knight, I Remember about the artist Joe Brainard, and The Face of AIDS for TIME Magazine about a notorious 1992 Benetton advertisement. His most recent short Another Hayride is about the self-help guru Louise Hay, and was released by the New York Times’ Op-Docs and PBS’ POV series. Matt also directs commercials.
The Criterion Channel is currently presenting a survey of Matt’s films. In addition to filmmaking, Matt is a writer, and he publishes regularly on Substack. His artist book Input compiles hundreds of images from an enormous television archive. Matt also organizes film screenings and public events, and he was a Curator of Film for the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Matt is a Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Press + Interviews
Criterion - Wild Combinations
Vanity Fair - The Strange Tale of Biosphere 2
SSENSE - A Lifetime of Making Things
Aperture - Utopia Issue
Artforum - 1000 Words: Matt Wolf
BOMB Podcast - Olivia Laing & Matt Wolf
NPR On The Media - A Most Radical TV Archive
Field Notes - Matt Wolf on Arthur Russell
Mousse Magazine - Dreaming Documentary
Film & TV Agent: CAA - Amanda Lebow
Commercials: Epoch Films
Neon - Claire Timmons
Zeitgeist Films - Nancy Gerstman & Emily Russo
Teenage + Wild Combination:
Oscilloscope Pictures - Alexandra Fredericks
Bayard & Me + I Remember + Another Hayride:
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