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Putty Hill -- 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.


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18 February 2011 (USA) See more »
A young man's untimely death unites a fractured family and their community through shared memory and loss. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Matthew Porterfield 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jordan Mintzer  story
Matthew Porterfield  story
Matthew Porterfield 

Produced by
Eric Bannat .... producer
Tian Cheng Dou .... executive producer
Steve Holmgren .... producer
Joyce Kim .... producer
Jordan Mintzer .... producer
Rob Schwartz .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Jeremy Saulnier 
Film Editing by
Marc Vives 
Art Direction by
Sophie Toporkoff 
Costume Design by
Sara Jane Gerrish 
Production Management
Annie Holstein .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jordan Mintzer .... assistant director
Sound Department
Alexandra Byer .... boom operator
Ben Goldberg .... sound mixer
Nick Rush .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Rommel Genciana .... assistant camera
Rommel Genciana .... gaffer
Joshua Gleason .... best boy
Carlos Valdes-Lora .... key grip
Location Management
Eric Bannat .... location manager
Music Department
Annie Lin .... music clearance
Other crew
Devon Deimler .... script supervisor
Josh Polon .... special thanks
Mika Wendy Sam .... special thanks
Josh Slates .... very special thanks

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85 min
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A lot of the actors appearing in this movie live in Baltimore.See more »
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"Cinematic, atmospheric and modernistic indie...", 14 May 2013
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

American screenwriter and director Matthew Porterfield's second feature film which he co-wrote with screenwriter Jordan Mintzer, premiered in the Forum section at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in 2010, was shot on locations in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States of America and is an American production which was produced by producers Eric Bannat, Steve Holmgren, Jordan Mintzer and Joyce Kim. It tells the story about a 24-year-old man named Cory who has died from a heroin overdose and his family, friends and those who knew of him.

Distinctly and subtly directed by American filmmaker Matthew Porterfield, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints, draws a reflective portrayal of how various human beings are affected by the death of a young man and especially his sister named Zoe who has returned to Baltimore from Delaware to attend his upcoming funeral. While notable for it's authentic and distinct milieu depictions, prominent cinematography by cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier and use of sound, this conversational story where the main character is the only character whom is not physically present centres its focus on numerous characters and their individual and related stories.

This humanistic and earth-bounded drama which is set during a summer in a closely connected community in the United States and where an approaching memorial causes contemplation amongst many, is impelled and reinforced by it's loose narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, abrupt editing, documentary-like style and the naturalistic acting performances by actors and actresses Sky Ferreira, Cody Ray, Dustin Ray, Zoe Vance, James Siebor, Cathy Evans, Ed Sauer and Virginia Heath. A cinematic, atmospheric and modernistic indie from the late 2000s where the style of filmmaking is given more substance than the characters.

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