For Putty Hill
, Matthew Porterfield returns to his native Baltimore to explore a community bound together by the death of a young man.
Their intersecting lives are unveiled in the days leading up to the wake through a series of considered and understated vignettes.
The camera sleepily roams around the town, into homes and across the waterhole, capturing impressionistic images of the characters that propel the narrative, piecing Cody's life (and those left behind) back together.
Shot in twelve days on a shoe-string budget, Putty Hill
sits in a stylistic zone between documentary and fiction. The film's quietly assured style makes for a fresh cinematic experience, suggesting that Porterfield is a definite talent to watch.
transcends the usual docudrama hybrid to occupy a thrilling third place, dreamlike and scruffy, opaque and pellucid" - Los Angeles Times
"One of the most original and atmospheric indie movies I've seen in ages" - The Observer
A Baltimore native and graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts, Matthew Porterfield is an exciting new talent in the US indie film landscape. ACMI is pleased to present his first two features, Putty Hill
to local audiences in an extended First Look season.