Putty Hill

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Putty Hill
Directed by Matthew Porterfield
Written by Matthew Porterfield and Jordan Mintzer
Starring Sky Ferreira
Cinematography Jeremy Saulnier
Edited by Marc Vives
Distributed by The Cinema Guild
Release dates
  • February 18, 2010 (2010-02-18) (Berlin)
  • February 18, 2011 (2011-02-18) (United States)
Running time 85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $80 000
Box office $49,918[1]

Putty Hill is a 2010 independent drama film directed by Matthew Porterfield.


  • Sky Ferreira as Jenny
  • Zoe Vance as Zoe
  • Cody Ray as Cody
  • Dustin Ray as Dustin


The film revolves around a community of friends and family as they cope with the untimely death of a young man named Cory. Throughout the film the characters engage one on one with the camera discussing their relationship to Cory and their reactions to his passing.


Filming took place in and around Baltimore, Maryland. The film is noted for utilizing mainly nonprofessional actors who play themselves in a fictional story. Much of the dialogue was created through conversations Matthew Porterfield had with the actors prior to filming.[2] The director names mainly European directors as influences, such as Pedro Costa and Robert Bresson.[3][4]


Putty Hill was premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Roger Ebert reviewed the film giving it 4 out of 4 stars.[5] The film was designated a New York Times Critic's Pick as well.[6] The film had its Baltimore premiere within Maryland Film Festival to two sold-out screenings in May, 2010. It was acquired for U.S. distribution by The Cinema Guild.


  1. ^ http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=puttyhill.htm
  2. ^ "BFI - Sight & Sound - Interview: Matthew Porterfield on Putty Hill". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  3. ^ Jason Anderson. "Currency - Putty Hill (Matthew Porterfield, US)". Cinema Scope. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  4. ^ RICKY D'AMBROSE (2011-02-17). "Interview: Matthew Porterfield - Film". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  5. ^ ROGER EBERT (2010-06-24). "PUTTY HILL (UNRATED)". rogerebert.com. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  6. ^ STEPHEN HOLDEN (2011-02-17). "Matt Porterfield’s ‘Putty Hill’ set in Baltimore - Review". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 

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