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A black and white photo used in the Matt Wolf film Teenage where a number of teenagers are seated outdoors reading newspapers.

Matt Wolf Interview (Teenage)

Matt Wolf is an American filmmaker whose documentaries — Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008), “I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard” (2012), and Teenage (2013) — each draw upon a multitude of media sources, including archival, recreations, and recitations, culminating in a unique style that he calls a “living collage.”

Matt was in Toronto for Hot Docs 2013 to present his latest film, Teenage, which is based on Jon Savage’s book on the beginning of youth culture. We met at an empty classroom at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College to talk about each of his films, the development of his craft, and the experimental treatment of historical characters, while still appealing to a broader audience.

Our interview with Matt Wolf was conducted in May 2013 and was one of four feature interviews in the fourteenth monthly issue of The Seventh Art as a “video magazine.” It was released in September 2013 as part of the launch of our subscription series and is also part of our Hot Docs 2013 coverage, which includes interviews with Lucy Walker, Alex Winter, Martha Shane & Lana Wilson, and Mike Lerner & Maxim Pozdorovkin.