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Directed by Bart Freundlich
FEATURE NARRATIVE 109 Minutes World Premiere
Anthony Keller (Taylor John Smith) is the captain of his NYC high school basketball team, riding his way to Cornell on a sports scholarship. He is smart, well-liked, and confident. But he can only maintain his popular jock facade for so long, as his troubled father Lee (Michael Shannon) has a gambling addiction that threatens to derail his dreams both on and off the court.

Bart Freundlich’s powerfully directed drama features stand-out performances from its trio of leads—Shannon as the complex and compulsive Lee, Carla Gugino as Anthony’s well-meaning mother struggling to keep the fracturing family together, and newcomer Smith, who channels confidence and vulnerability as Anthony faces his first real adult decisions. Moving fluidly among the halls of affluent prep schools, the public courts of West 4th street, and tenements of the Lower East Side, Wolves is an emotionally-charged portrait of a boy becoming a man in New York City.

—Cara Cusumano
About the Director(s)
Bart Freundlich is a director, screenwriter, and producer whose credits include The Rebound, Trust the Man, Catch That Kid, World Traveler, his feature-film debut and Sundance hit, The Myth of Fingerprints, and numerous episodes of Showtime’s Californication.
Special Note
Read an interview with Michael Shannon where he discusses all of his Tribeca 2016 roles, at

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Cast & Credits
  • Producer:
    Tim Perell, Bart Freundlich
  • Cast:
    Michael Shannon, Carla Gugino, Taylor John Smith, Chris Bauer, John Douglas Thompson
  • Composer:
    David Bridie
  • Co-Producer:
    Becky Glupczynski
  • Production Designer:
    Elizabeth Jones
  • Casting by:
    Doug Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein
  • Cinematographer:
    Juanmi Azpiroz
  • Costume Designer:
    Stacey Battat
  • Director:
    Bart Freundlich
  • Editor:
    Joseph Krings
  • Executive Producer:
    Bill Koenigsberg, Erika Pearsall, Erica Steinberg
  • Screenwriter:
    Bart Freundlich



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