By twhalliii | THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall May 7, 2008 at 5:06AM
Wild Combination is a revelation and now, thankfully, it is headed for a few screenings in New York City. Catch it if you can!
Matt Wolf's Wild Combination: A Portrait Of Arthur Russell inspires absolute adoration in me. The film is a beautifully crafted story of the avant-garde cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell, a fixture on the downtown New York music scene in the 1970's and 80's. Before seeing the film, I had no idea who Russell was, but like any truly transformative experience, seeing Wild Combination opened a door inside of me; Russell is an artist that I feel I have known all of my life. His haunting voice feels eternal and personal all at once; A sound that was always there, slumbering gently in the air, waiting for me to hear it.
Put The Needle On The Record: Matt Wolf's Wild Combination
I was fortunate that Matt submitted the film to the Sarasota Film Festival this past winter and we were lucky enough to score a last-minute U.S. Premiere of the film and to host Matt at the festival. I do have to say, the idea that this film (which World Premiered in Berlin) wasn't included in another American festival prior to or after Sarasota seems a bit criminal to me; I think the movie is a major discovery and I can't praise it highly enough. Lucky you; Wild Combination has a couple of screenings next Thursday, May 15, at The Kitchen, the performance space at which Russell served as Musical Director. I am so happy the film is finally being shown in New York City and moved by the fact that the screenings are taking place at Russell's artistic home, a place with such an historical bond to the film and its subject. If you see the movie and fall in love with Russell's work as I did, The Kitchen is also featuring musical performances of Russell's music next weekend; Tower of Meaning will be performed on Friday, May 16 while Saturday, May 17 features The Singing Tractors. Great stuff.
Both screenings of the film are sold out (which I think is just about the most encouraging cinematic news I have heard all week), but I called the folks at The Kitchen and it turns out there is a wait list that opens up an hour before the 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM screenings, so go early and see the film. Trust me on this one; It is an absolutely beautiful film that deserves an audience and all the success in the world.