17th Chicago Underground Film Festival

7:00pm Theater One Sunday, June 27

CLOSING NIGHT FILM-PUTTY HILL

PUTTY HILL
Matt Porterfield, 87 min, video, USA, 2010

The second feature by director Matt Porterfield combines documentary and experimental narrative to unveil a bleak study of one America’s most beleaguered cities. A young man overdoses on heroin in an abandoned house in Baltimore, leaving his family and friends to mourn the sudden loss. The funeral brings a distant cousin home from the West Coast to confront a dysfunctional family and a crumbling neighborhood. Using non-actors and improvised scripting, PUTTY HILL plants the story in everyday environments, eschewing glamorized representations of post-industrial American life. (Christy LeMaster)