Previously at the ICA - Films
17 Jun 2011 – 30 Jun 2011
A young man dies of a heroin overdose in an abandoned house in Baltimore. On the eve of his funeral, family and friends gather to commemorate his life. Their shared memories paint a portrait of a community hanging in the balance, skewed by poverty, city living and a generational divide, united in their pursuit of a new American Dream.
The follow-up to Matt Porterfield's acclaimed directorial debut Hamilton, Putty Hill reveals another cross-section of Baltimore's dispossessed. Combining documentary-style interviews with narrative techniques, Putty Hill is a realist film presented in a wholly unique way. Improvised dialogue blends with script to create a natural, understated, and focused picture of a community on the fringes of society.
On Saturday 18 June at 6.30, Hussain Currimbhoy, Programmer of the Sheffield Doc Fest, introduces the screening of Putty Hill.
On Sunday 19 June at 6.30pm the screening is followed by a Skype Q&A with Matt Porterfield, director of Putty Hill, and Kieron Corless, Deputy Editor of Sight and Sound.
Dir Matt Porterfield, USA, 2011, 87mins