Matthew Porterfield

Matthew Porterfield


I like characters in transitional periods - those are the characters I want to write about. I don't like characters who always know what to do - I like characters who are trying to decide how they feel.    


Matt Porterfield studied at NYU, lives in Baltimore, MD, and teaches at Johns Hopkins University. His first feature, HAMILTON (2006) was named “one of the finest American independent films ever made” by New Yorker film editor Richard Brody. Porterfield’s second feature, PUTTY HILL (2011) premiered in Berlinale Forum and was released in the US by Cinema Guild. In 2012, Matt was a featured artist in the Whitney Biennial, a Creative Capital grantee, and the recipient of a Wexner Center Artists Residency. He has two feature scripts in development: METAL GODS (IFP No Borders, 2012) and SOLLERS POINT. His third feature, I USED TO BE DARKER, premiered in 2013 at Sundance and in Berlinale Forum. In 2016, he co-produced and co-wrote Gaston Solnicki's first fiction feature, KÉKSZAKÁLLÚ.

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