When fate intervenes, a young Montana couple gives up everything for the love of an abandoned wolf pup named Koani. But could they even live with this beast? As wolves are wild creatures who cannot be domesticated, Bruce and Pat are forced to live by Koani’s ways, not vice-versa.
True Wolf tells the captivating story of an inseparable team – a wolf named Koani, a dog named Indy, and a married couple – who eat, breathe, sleep and work together, facing dangers, sharing adventures, and forming bonds that last a lifetime.
What is it like to live with a wolf? Where do you come up with 1,200 pounds of meat each year for her? How do you walk a wolf? Bruce and Pat love Koani so much that they do things no human should do, ultimately turning part of their living room into a wolf den.
Deciding to give Koani’s life purpose, they set out across the country to take her eye to eye with the public to force people to decide for themselves if this animal is as “big and bad” as the legends suggest.
What follows is a 16-year journey that takes this unusual pack to the brink of what it means to be wild.
True Wolf world-premiered at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival and was subsequently picked up by Shadow Distribution and released into theaters across the United States. Here is what critics had to say about this fascinating wolf documentary.
“…perhaps in getting to know one wolf we might be open to more investigation and dialogue about their place in the web of life and perhaps, as a human hand enters the frame, a relationship on life’s path.”
– It’s Just Movies, Bev Questad
– The Advocate, Diane Anderson-Minshall
“The segment toward film’s end…is among the more profound and moving that I’ve seen”
TrustMovies, James van Maanen
“…moving documentary…a full and rewarding picture of the extraordinary lives of a wolf and her humans.”
– Cinema Sentries, Steve Geise
“…intelligent and touchingly written…the film is at its best when discussing the general issue of overcoming the hatred of adversaries and the prejudices that the adversaries’ children have learned from their parents.”
– Mark R. Leeper, Rotten Tomatoes
“Provocative…Succeeds at least partly in defanging the legend and questioning its value”
– John Hartl, Seattle Times
”With wolves under threat, the new documentary, “True Wolf” is the perfect antidote to the misguided notions about this magnificent animal”
– The Humane Society of the United States
The ending is “…one of the really amazing moments in documentary film I’ve seen…The value of the film is that it raises as many questions as it does answer questions about the whole notion of our relationship to wild animals.”
– Sally Mauk, NPR