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"Our world was movies and that's everything we would reference from." Govinda Angulo and his five brothers grew up rarely leaving their New York apartment. Films became their window to the outside world. When they did begin to venture out, a chance meeting with director Crystal Moselle led to the documentary The Wolfpack, which took home the Grand Jury prize at Sundance this year.

Photo:  (L-R) Krsna Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo, Bhagavan Angulo, Mukunda Angulo, Narayana Angulo and Govinda Angulo in The Wolfpack. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 6 MIN, 27 SEC

Matt Belloni, executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

  • A six-month investigation into the Sony hack by Fortune magazine reveals lax security at the studio and that executives ignored several warnings that making a film about the assassination of Kim Jong Un could have devastating consequences.
  • Univision is dropping Donald Trump and will not air his Miss Universe pageant after Trump made disparaging statements about Mexican immigrants during his announcement of his intent to run for president. 
  • NBC also dumped Trump. He will no longer participate in Celebrity Apprentice, and the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants will no longer air on NBC. While Trump has said it was his decision to end the relationship, NBC issued a statement saying they were severing all business ties with the possible presidential hopeful because of his "recent derogatory statements" about Mexican immigrants.
  • Bill Cosby is fighting a move to make public material from an old sex abuse lawsuit. The court records should be unsealed after two years, but Cosby told a judge he's not a public figure, so there's no public interest in revealing the material.
'The Wolfpack' 20 MIN, 30 SEC

This year's Grand Jury Prize-winner for a documentary at Sundance was a movie...about the power of movies.

The Wolfpack tells the story of six brothers who were rarely permitted to leave their family's apartment in government-subsidized housing on New York's Lower East Side. The children were home-schooled by a loving mother, but kept inside by a domineering father who told them to fear the outside world. However, he also introduced them to movies.

Govinda Angulo is one of those brothers featured in The Wolfpack, and Crystal Moselle is the director of the film. Both are our guests on this episode.


Director Crystal Moselle on the set of "The Wolfpack"
Photo by Megan Delaney, courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Angulo told us how he and his brothers watched whatever films they could get their hands on and eventually started reenacting scenes from some of their favorites -- writing out entire scripts by hand and creating elaborate sets and costumes. Quentin Tarantino's films, especially, lent themselves to reenactments because of the large casts of male characters. Angulo said the cartoonish violence also served as a kind of catharsis.

As the older boys reached adolescence, the power dynamic in the apartment shifted, and the brothers slowly began venturing outside, at first mostly around their own neighborhood. That's where filmmaker Crystal Moselle first saw the brothers, walking in the Lower East Side, six-abreast, with matching sunglasses and long black hair. She instinctively ran after them, and from that first encounter, a friendship was born, built on a shared love of cinema.

The brothers weren't ready to share their entire backstory right away, but over the following months and years, Moselle started filming more of the Angulo family, slowly doing interviews and gathering material the boys filmed themselves. Once she had a producer and editor on board, Moselle was on her way to making a real documentary. Months later, when she called Govinda Angulo to tell him The Wolfpack had been accepted at Sundance, he initially thought she was joking.

Today, the Angulo brothers spend plenty of time outside their apartment. They all went to Sundance and have traveled the country promoting their film. The older brothers, including 22-year-old Govinda Angulo, have started building filmmaking careers of their own. He recently got his own apartment and made a short film for Vice.com.

Guests:
Crystal Moselle, filmmaker (@CrystalMoselle)
Govinda Angulo, subject of 'The Wolfpack' (@Govindangulo )

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Short film by Wolfpack Productions

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