BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Tribeca Film Festival | SPECIAL JURY MENTION - Deauville American Film Festival | OFFICIAL SELECTION - Denver International Film Festival | “Fascinating and beautifully made.“ – The Times (UK)World War II • Antisemitism • Actors Studio • Cinema • Censorship • Resilience • Art
Date of Completion: 2023 | Run Time: 94 minutes | Language: English & French | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director & Producer: Tessa Louise-Salomé | Narrator: Willem Dafoe | Cinematographer: Boris Levy | Composer: Gael Rakotondrabe | Editor: Simon Le Berre
THE WILD ONE illuminates the journey of an unsung artist, Jack Garfein – Holocaust survivor, celebrated Broadway director, Actors Studio West co-founder, and controversial filmmaker. The film delves into 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). We will examine 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.