Wild Combination is director Matt Wolf’s visually absorbing portrait of the seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, and disco producer Arthur Russell. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Arthur prolifically created music that spanned both pop and the transcendent possibilities of abstract art. Now, over fifteen years since his passing, Arthur’s work is finally finding its audience. Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur’s family, friends, and closest collaborators—including Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg—to tell this poignant and important story. Matt joins us in a conversation about art, music and Arthur’s enduring legacy.
“A tender, fascinating documentary that will delight the Russell cult and instantly convert new members. – New York Times
“A profoundly moving love story” – Time Out
“Infinite and Intimate” – Village Voice
“Pungently evokes the petrie dish of the late-1970s, early-1980s downtown” – Variety
“Artful… Wolf plays visual accompanist to Russell’s remarkable compositions.” -Chicago Sun-Times
“The film itself plays out like music, retaining the languid, soothing, and dreamlike aesthetic of Russell. – V Magazine
“This is one of the finest music documentaries of recent years.” -Sight & Sound