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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 »
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A young man's untimely death unites a fractured family and their community through shared memory and loss. | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Matthew Porterfield 
 
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(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
 
Music Department
Annie Lin .... music clearance
 
Other crew
Eric Bannat .... location manager
Devon Deimler .... script supervisor
 
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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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Living A LieSee more »

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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Junkyard dogs, 28 June 2010
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom

This is a drama about a wake that's kind of coalescing just after the death of a young man from an overdose. The cast includes ex-cons, skate-kids, dropouts, long-suffering retirees, generally low status folk sat on the sidelines of modern America doing their own thing. It's shot well enough that it looks like a documentary even though it's not. Lots of folks are interviewed about the dead guy and end up having a karaoke wake. The guys in the movie seem pretty anaesthetised most of the time, they're just trying to get along, and take things as they come.

There's some nice stuff, including a memorial graffito sprayed as we watch, of the words Rest in Peace spelled out on three Japanese bridges that look like they could come from a Monet painting.

At the end the film unfocuses on a road scene (an old trick) and you get all theses spheres of coloured light dripping across the screen. Like I say, an old trick, but it's done well here, and the unfocus is meaningful for this film, as the folk we see try not to focus too much, for example they go paintballing a week before the service, they just get on with it and don't mope. The wake at the end is actually fairly moving, and fleshes out the film a lot, adds meaning to some of what you see beforehand.

I have a lot of love for this film, and I can see what it was trying to do, it's grown on me a lot since the night I watched it.

I must warn you though that some shots are held for too long, and I'm a guy who likes long takes, furthermore there was a spalling walkout, which quite astonished me, probably the first time I've seen it happen in a film which wasn't violent, overtly sexual or confrontational. In fairness the film was shown quite late at night, and folks may well have seen several films beforehand and been tired (this was film #4 for me of the day at the Edinburgh International Film Festival).

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