F.I.L.M. Series to Screen Putty Hill
October 7, 2011
The fall F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series will present Matthew Porterfield’s Putty Hill (2010) on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m., in the Bradford Auditorium, KJ. The event, organized by Professor Scott MacDonald, is free and open to the public.
A beautifully realized portrait of a close–knit community on the outskirts of Baltimore, Putty Hill is the second feature from celebrated young filmmaker Matt Porterfield. At a neighborhood karaoke bar, friends and family gather to remember a young man who passed away. Knowing little about his final days, they attempt to reconstruct his life. In the process, they offer a window onto their own lives, an evocative picture of working-class America, dislocated from the progress and mobility around them, but united in pursuit of a shared dream. Putty Hill premièred at the Berlin Film Festival and was called “extraordinary” by Richard Brody of The New Yorker.