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. 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. The Film stars Sky Ferreira as the main character.


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.


  • Sky Ferreira as Jenny, Cory's Cousin; Spike's Daughter.
  • Zoe Vance as Zoe, Cory's Older Sister.
  • James Siebor as James, Cory's Brother.
  • Dustin Ray as Dustin, Cory's Best Friend.
  • Charles Sauers as Spike, Cory's Uncle; Jenny's Father; Cathy's Brother.
  • Cathy Evans as Cathy, Mother of Cory, Zoe, James and Marina; Spike's Sister.
  • Virginia Heath as Virginia, Cathy and Spike's Mom.
  • Cody Ray as Cody, Dustin's Brother.
  • Casey Weibust as Casey, Zoe's Best Friend.
  • Drew Harris as Geoff, Cory's Neighbor, Ashley's Brother.
  • Marina Siebor as Marina, Cory's Younger Sister.
  • Jimee Buchanon as Jimee, Cory's Friend; Ashley's Neighbor; Mary's Boyfriend.
  • Mary Pozoulakis as Mary, Cory's Friend; Jimee's Girlfriend.
  • Aurora Corey as Aurora, Jenny's Childhood Best Friend.
  • Liz O'Brien as Liz, Aurora's Friend.
  • Ashley Ocfemia as Ashley, Aurora's Friend; Geoff's Sister.
  • Ian Burke as Ian, Cody's Friend.
  • Joseph Mooney as Joe, A Friend of the Family.
  • Carol Ray as Carol, Cody and Dustin's Mom.
  • India Streeter as India, Cody's Girlfriend.
  • Alex Herbskerman as Alex, Zoe's Friend.
  • Lucie Stahl as Lucie, Zoe's Friend.
  • Julia Arredondo as Julia, Zoe's Friend.


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.

Putty Hill currently holds a rating of "75%" based off of 28 reviews from critics.


  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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