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, and Recorder about the activist Marion Stokes, who secretly recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years. Matt’s most recent film Spaceship Earth is about Biosphere 2, a controversial experiment where 8 people lived quarantined inside a replica of the planet. The film premiered at Sundance, was released by Neon, and is now streaming on Hulu. 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 will air on HBO in 2023.
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, and HBO’s It’s Me, Hilary about the Eloise illustrator Hilary Knight. Other shorts include, 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 and content for brands.
In addition to filmmaking, Matt is a writer, and he publishes essays regularly on Substack. He 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
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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