THE WILD ONE (Section: Documentary Competition)


Directed by: Tessa Louise-Salomé

Narrated by: Willem Dafoe

Featuring: Jack Garfein, Willem Dafoe, Peter Bogdanovich, Irène Jacob, Bobby Soto, Dick Guttman, Blanche Baker, Patricia Bosworth, Foster Hirsch, Geoffrey Horne, and Kate Rennebohm.


Saturday, June 11 at 5:15 PM
Location: Village East by Angelika (Theater 1)

Tuesday, June 14 at 5:30 PM
Location: Cinepolis (Theater 4)

Sunday, June 19 at 12:45 PM
Location: Village East by Angelika (Theater 6)

THE WILD ONE illuminates the journey of an enigmatic artist, Jack Garfein—Holocaust survivor, celebrated Broadway director, Actors Studio West co-founder, and controversial filmmaker. It examines how his experience in the concentration camps shaped his vision of acting as a survival mechanism and propelled his engagement with themes of violence, power, and racism in postwar America in two explosive films “The Strange One” (1957) and “Something Wild” (1961). The film explores the importance of his legacy as an artist who confronted censorship and reveals how art can draw on personal memory to better enlighten our present.

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