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Putty Hill

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Putty Hill

Directed by Matthew Porterfield

  • USA 2010; 87 min
  • Original version: English
  • Genre: Drama

  • From the director of SOLLERS POINT presented at Cinemart and Berlinale Co-Production Market

    Berlinale - Forum 2010

  • From the director of CHECK ME IN ANOTHER PLACE presented at CineMart


A young man dies of a heroin overdose in an abandoned house in Baltimore. On the eve of his funeral, family and friends gather to commemorate his life. Their shared memories paint a portrait of a community hanging in the balance, skewed by poverty, city living, and a generational divide, united in their pursuit of a new American Dream.

Director's Statement

I was raised in a Baltimore suburb wild with unkempt hedges, disheveled lawns and porches, yards full of car parts and swimming pools, and a church or a bar on every corner. This neighborhood, located just inside the city line, is the inspiration for much of my work and sets the scene for PUTTY HILL. On a most basic level, it is an amalgam of traditional forms of documentary and narrative realism. But it is an approach to realism in opposition to the anthropological, lyrical, and romantic currents present in most of the genre. More importantly, though the structure of the film was plotted, the details of individual scenes were largely improvised, breathing life into the dialogue and bringing an enhanced degree of naturalism to the relationships between characters.



    Jordan Mintzer