Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

USA | 2008 | 71 min. | Matt Wolf

May 10 - 13, 2020

Virtual SIFF Cinema

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell is director Matt Wolf's (Spaceship Earth) visually absorbing portrait of the seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, and disco producer Arthur Russell. 


Watch the film and then join our SIFF Movie Club virtual discussion about it on Wednesday, May 13 at 8:00pm PST with KEXP's Larry Rose and journalist/XRAY.FM DJ Robert Ham. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link.


Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Arthur prolifically created music that spanned both pop and the transcendent possibilities of abstract art. Now, over 25 years since his passing, Arthur's work is finally finding its audience. Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur's family, friends, and closest collaborators—including Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg—to tell this poignant and important story.

  • Director: Matt Wolf
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 71 min.