HamiltonMatthew Porterfield, 2006
After a period of creative dormancy, the once-vital American independent cinema has experienced a resurgence in the past decade. Even though the budgets might be small-to-nonexistent and the names unfamiliar (for now), exciting new artists from all corners of this country have found innovative ways to tell stories we haven’t heard yet and introduce us to people that we’ve never seen on screen before. This series, organized by Associate Curator Chris Stults, offers the Columbus theatrical premieres of some of the best new and recent truly independent films.
Rising stars and acclaimed masters come to screen their films and talk with Wexner Center audiences.
"Extraordinary! If there's an independent cinema, this is it, and if there's a new director, here he is."—Richard Brody, The New Yorker
UPDATE: After Friday night's screening of Putty Hill, director Matt Porterfield will be joined in conversation with Adam Elliott and Beth Murphy from the Columbus band, Times New Viking. They'll talk about the film, making art on a minuscule budget, and will field your questions before the screening of Hamilton. Saturday evening, Columbus Dispatch movie critic Nick Chordas will join Porterfield for another post-film discussion and Q & A.
The talented Matt Porterfield is revealing himself as a major new American filmmaker. Here's your chance to see two of the films that have made his name. Porterfield introduces the films to start each evening and answers questions between them.
The story of Putty Hill, Porterfield's second feature, couldn't be simpler: A young man's untimely death unites a fractured family and their struggling Baltimore community through shared memory and loss. But, by creating an exquisite, delicate tone through its combination of documentary, fiction, and improvisation, the film itself couldn't be a more rich and moving viewing experience. Full of stunning visual beauty, Putty Hill also shows rare tenderness towards its characters. (91 mins., video)
Porterfield's debut film, Hamilton, is another assured, memorable portrait of quiet Baltimore lives. A young mother searches for the father of her child before he leaves town and, through her quest, we are introduced to her family, friends, and neighborhood. No less of a Baltimore expert than John Waters called the film, "astonishing in its simple beauty. The real thing." And the New Yorker praised it as "one of the most original, moving, and accomplished American independent films in recent years." Featuring music by Animal Collective. (65 mins., 16mm)
$5 senior citizens
$7 general public