Posts Tagged 'Matt Porterfield'

Matt Porterfield sums up his first Berlinale

Check out this piece from Matt Porterfield on the Independent Filmmaker Project blog about his first experience at Berlinale, screening his latest film, Putty Hill

More Berlinale Updates

In today’s NY Times, Dennis Lim surveys the Berlinale, know as the granddaddy of all film festivals. Along with comments about the well known figures like Scorsese, Polanski, Von Trier, and unique events like a screening of the magical new cut of METROPOLIS,  is this comment:

“Among the more adventurous films in the Forum section Yang Rui’s “Crossing the Mountain,” a portrait of a southwestern Chinese village, splits the difference between ethnography and avant-garde fiction. And Matt Porterfield’s “Putty Hill,” set among alienated kids in suburban Baltimore, also subverts its realist aesthetic with formal trickery, encouraging its actors to break the fourth wall. “

For the full article, click here. (All by itself, the picture of METROPOLIS projected outdoors is worth clicking through.)

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director

Berlin Reports Coming In!

  • Noah Baumbach’s new film GREENBERG, starring Ben Stiller and MFF alum Greta Gerwig, is getting great reviews!
  • Also, here’s a quote from Berlin about Matt Porterfield’s PUTTY HILL , from Shane Danielson for IndieWire:

“But there are moments here of startling compositional grace, flashes of awkward honesty and discomfiting intimacy—and one killer sequence, at a memorial service for a recently deceased youth, which quickly turns into an extended karaoke session, courtesy of Bob’s “Rebel Rouser’s DJ Hire”. Keep them in mind for your next wedding, bar mitzvah or white-trash funeral.”

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director

News from Berlin

Word’s coming back from PUTTY HILL producer Steve Holmgren that the first Berlin screenings went perfectly- they’ve already got a lot of interest from film festivals around the world. Next stop for PUTTY HILL is SXSW in Austin, then MFF 2010. Don’t forget the kickstarter donation site.

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director

Matt Porterfield’s PUTTY HILL to preview in Berlin!

I’ve had a couple of e mails from Matt Porterfield. His latest group email is from Berlin where his new film, PUTTY HILL, will have its world premier. Pre-screening, it’s already being called one of the “most anticipated” films at Berlin, side by side with new films from Polanski and Scorsese. I blogged earlier about the fundraising night Matt held at the Charles, featuring some footage about the making of, and clips of the film itself. There is still time to donate online.

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director

Just back from Sundance in time to see Matt Porterfield introduce a couple of pieces…

from his new film, PUTTY HILL, before he takes the completed film to Berlin and then to Austin for SXSW, the unique film/music festival, before coming back to Baltimore for the MFF, May 6-9      -Jed

A full house at the Charles Theatre lines up to see a part of  PUTTY HILL and some behind the scenes footage, and to hear MFF Director of Programming Eric Hatch intro the evening.

Tent Village Panel Series Announced!

The schedule for the Maryland Film Office Discussion Panel Series is now up on our website!

This year we are offering ten engaging panels over the course of the weekend. The titles range  from “First Encounters: Films That Influenced Us” to “Social Justice Filmmaking: Social Issues Brought to the Screen,” and other topics like the collaboration between directors and editors, shorts filmmaking, and film criticism. Highlights include a panel with MFF Alums Matt Porterfield, Ramona Diaz, and Kurt Kolaja, who are currently working on new films, and a conversation with Matthew Modine!

Plus the Creative Alliance Movie Makers program brings us “B-more Indie Horror Movie Makers” feature guest filmmakers from Baltimore’s booming youthful underground horror scene!

All panels are FREE and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and located in the Tent Village across the street from The Charles Theatre!

Click here to view the Maryland Film Office Discussion Panel schedule!

New Yorker Highlights Matt Porterfield’s HAMILTON

From The New Yorker online:

“On Saturday night at 8, at UnionDocs, in Brooklyn, Matthew Porterfield’s remarkable first feature, hamilton.jpgHamilton,” will have a rare screening, after which I’ll moderate a discussion with the director, who will also present something from his work-in-progress, “Metal Gods.” I saw “Hamilton” when it premiered at Anthology Film Archives, in 2006; I thought then, and think now, that it’s one of the finest American independent films ever made. It’s not available on DVD, and, in any case, its exquisitely thought-out compositions are best savored on the big screen.”   — Richard Brody

HAMILTON was selected and screened in the 2006 Maryland Film Festival.