After the huge financial and cultural success of filming 1969's Woodstock music festival in the Oscar-winning documentary Woodstock (1970); filmmaker and political activist Michael Wadleigh spent many years in Hollywood writing scripts that were never produced. However, Wolfen (1981), loosely based on Whitley Strieber's bestselling book of the same name was green-lit by Orion Pictures in 1979. After that, Wadleigh would never complete another major motion picture again. This is the story of that film, but it is also a very real story about Man, Nature, Terrorism in New York and the relationship between Native American Indians and Wolves. Thoughtful, tragic, lyrical and eerily prophetic, Wolfen is a film awaiting rediscovery.
Stewart Buck, Bucks Green Films
Did You Know?
Along with Memoirs of a Survivor, Wolfen was awarded the special jury prize at the 1982 Avoriaz Film Festival. On the jury that year were directors John Boorman, Brian DePalma & Jacques Demy, actors Donald Sutherland, Fernando Rey and Rene Clement. See more