True enough. But while this description suggests that Russell was something of a novelty act, his music proves otherwise. His main instrument was the cello hardly standard equipment for a disco figure and he worked in genres as disparate as artsy folk and avant-garde theater. The characters contradictions and prickly personality presented enormous challenges for Wolf, a 26-year-old for whom Wild Combination marks his feature-film debut. I learned everything about filmmaking through the process of making this project, he admits.
And he learned it very well.
Wild Combination unspools at 6 p.m. at the Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli. Individual ticket prices range from $9 to $11, and a variety of festival packages are available. Learn more at 303-820-3456 or www.denverfilm.org and read a Q&A with Matt Wolf at blogs.westword.com/latestword.
Sat., Nov. 22, 6 p.m., 2008