I Used to Be Darker

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    I Used to Be Darker

    Directed by

    USA

    2013

    90 min

    • English

    When Taryn, a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself in trouble in Ocean City, MD, she seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore. But Kim and Bill have problems of their own: they’re trying to handle the end of their marriage gracefully for the sake of their daughter Abby, just home from her first year of college. A story of family revelations, people finding each other and letting each other go, looking for love where they’ve found it before and, when that doesn’t work, figuring out where they might find it next.

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    • Best Director - BAFICI

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    Credits

    Cast
    Deragh Campbell
    Hannah Gross
    Ned Oldham
    Screenplay
    Matthew Porterfield and Amy Belk
    Cinematography
    Jeremy Saulnier
    Editing
    Marc Vives
    Sales
    NEW EUROPE FILM SALES
    Production
    HAMILTON FILM GROUP
    Production
    STEADY ORBITS
    Production
    NOMADIC INDEPENDENCE PICTURES

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    Matthew Porterfield

    Matthew Porterfield

    USA

    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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