Friday, August 17, 2012
TRUE WOLF? Nope. Rob Whitehair's movie -- worth seeing -- is nothing like definitive.
Sam Shepard's True West? The title of Rob Whitehair's new documentary, TRUE WOLF, is not simply misleading, it's dead wrong. The wolf in question, Koani, has been raised in captivity since near-birth (which would make him anything but a "true wolf") by a couple of smart, feeling people, Pat Tucker and Bruce Weide, who care for him as he grows and goes from pup to, well, dust. (The segment toward film's end regarding what happens to Koani's remains is among the more profound and moving that I've seen. It echoes The Bible -- a proper visual retort to those anti-wolf, religious fundamentalists we see spouting off during the film.)
TrustMovies has some first-hand knowledge about "the wolf question." Back at the turn of this past century, as a freelance writer, he spent several weeks in Wyoming near Yellowstone National Park surveying and then writing about what the wolf predations -- on sheep, cattle, horses and their colts and even family dogs -- were doing to the locals in the area. It wasn't pretty, but it was something on which, until that time, little had been reported. Yours truly came back from his trip convinced, not that wolves should be exterminated once again, but that the locals in the area deserved the right to kill any wolves that were threatening their livelihood, their herds or their pets.
here. And though this site seems noticeably pro-wolf, it also appears to be giving out good information.)
Meanwhile, True Wolf -- via Shadow Distribution and running just 76 minutes -- opens today in New York City at the Cinema Village (screening twice daily at 3:25 and 7:35pm), with a national release (rather limited in nature, I suspect) to follow. Eventually, I hope, the film will find its way to DVD and digital formats.