About this Documentary

This film ruins everything.

Wildlife: A Storytelling Manifesto is an exciting, groundbreaking, and hyper-modern sui generis documentary exercise that will tarnish everything you’ve ever loved about classic films, a contentiously contrarian neo-Marxist critical essay about the past century of cinematic storytelling.

This film tackles the difficult issue of modern socio-economic discontent, academically exploring how the influences of Sigmund Freud and Syd Field enabled the Hollywood studio system to craft a storytelling system that culminated in the production of not just lovable blockbusters, but the crippling modern social stagnation and control of consumers by a handful of corporations.

This polemic is both a storytelling manifesto and a manifesto that tells a story, with two layers always playing simultaneously onscreen: a fictional narrative film exercise overlaid with an aggressive critical deconstruction of its reliance on modern story mechanisms to reveal why we watch (and consume) what we do – romantic comedies, road trip films, comic book franchises, premium television series, digital shorts, and even animated GIFs.

IMDb: Wildlife: A Storytelling Manifesto (2017)

 

 

 

 

Damian Lanigan
Actor
Damian appears in BREAKUP AT A WEDDING, and in 2012 he wrote and played the lead in HAMSTERS, which won in competition at the New York Television Festival in November 2012. His show WASPS was a part of IFC’s 2013 development slate, and his first TV series, MASSIVE, aired on BBCThree in Autumn 2008.

About the Filmmakers:

Director, Writer, Producer:

Jean-Paul Tremblay

WILDLIFE is Jean-Paul’s debut feature film, though he also once sold a comedy pilot to MTV (IDOLESCENCE) and directed and co-wrote a web series for AOL. Oh, and some well-received music video stuff, too. A Type-1 diabetic, Jean-Paul’s renunciation of sweetness defines his entire body of work.

Associate Producer:

Jeremy Kotin

Jeremy Kotin
Associate Producer
Jeremy co-produced and co-edited Academy Award nominee Dana Adam Shapiro’s MONOGAMY. Most recently he edited 8 short films for Baz Luhrmann’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition Impossible Conversations: Prada & Schiaparelli.

Danielle Bufalini blah blah blah

Christopher Vernale
Director of Photography
Chris has been a Brooklyn-based cinematographer and artist for nearly 10 years.  After working in web-based and broadcast commercial and narrative works, this is his first feature film. Unless he lied to us. WILDLIFE, sadly, was a polygraph-free production.

Brad Waskewich
Editor, Associate Producer
Brad is an Emmy-nominated (and lesser award-winning) editor who has dozens of music videos and hundreds of commercials to his credit, including work with directors like Peter Berg and Samuel Bayer. Your DVR is Brad’s greatest nemesis.

Alessio Natalizia
Music
One half of Walls on Kompakt Records, Alessio also releases top-notch electronic and indie records as Not Waving and Banjo or Freakout. He lives in London, so please forgive him for having such an Italian name. It’s really confusing, unlike his original score for WILDLIFE, which is straightforwardly amazing.

Damian Lanigan
Actor
Damian appears in BREAKUP AT A WEDDING, and in 2012 he wrote and played the lead in HAMSTERS, which won in competition at the New York Television Festival in November 2012. His show WASPS was a part of IFC’s 2013 development slate, and his first TV series, MASSIVE, aired on BBCThree in Autumn 2008.