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.