The third in a trilogy of feature films set in the northeast Baltimore neighborhood where Matt Porterfield was raised, Sollers Point examines the daily life of a 35-year-old man who is under house arrest for drug charges and living with his father. The lines between fiction and nonfiction are heightened through the formal techniques of documentary and narrative realism, the use of existing locations and a largely non-professional supporting cast. Amy Belk was a collaborator on this project from 2012-2013.
Matt Porterfield (b. 1977) has written and directed three feature films, Hamilton (2006), Putty Hill (2011) and I Used To Be Darker (2013), all produced in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2012, Matt was a featured artist in the Whitney Biennial, a Creative Capital Awardee and the recipient of a Wexner Center Artists Residency. His work is in the permanent collection at MoMA and the Harvard Film Archive and has screened at the Walker Arts Center, BAM, Centre Pompidou, Cinémathèque Française and film festivals such as Sundance, the Berlinale, and SXSW. In summer 2014, he wrote and directed his first narrative short, Take What You Can Carry, in Berlin with a grant from the Harvard Film Study Center. The following year, he co-produced and co-wrote Gaston Solnicki’s first fiction feature, Kékszakállú, in Buenos Aires. Currently, he is in post-production on Sollers Point, his Creative Capital-supported project.