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York College to screen 'Sollers Point,' host conversation with Baltimore-based director Matthew Porterfield on Feb. 20

January 28, 2020
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York College's Humanities Film Series will feature a screening of "Sollers Point" and a conversation with the film's director Matthew Porterfield at 7 p.m., Feb. 20, in Room 218 of the Humanities Center. The event is open to the public free of charge.

"Sollers Point" (2017) tells the story of a 24-year-old man newly released from prison and living with his father under house arrest in a rough Baltimore neighborhood.

A native of Baltimore, Porterfield has taught film production and theory at Johns Hopkins University since 2007. He has written and directed three other feature films, "Hamilton" (2006), "Putty Hill" (2011), and "I Used To Be Darker" (2013). His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Harvard Film Archive and has screened at Centre Pompidou, Walker Art Center, The Whitney Biennial, and film festivals such as Sundance, the Berlinale, and SXSW.

Porterfield made his first short, "Take What You Can Carry," in Berlin in 2014 with a grant from the Harvard Film Study Center. It premiered in the Berlinale Shorts Competition in February 2015. As a producer, he has participated in IFP’s No Borders, Cinemart, FIDLab, the Berlin Coproduction Market and the Venice Production Bridge. In the summer of 2015, he co-produced and co-wrote Argentine director Gaston Solnicki’s first fiction feature, "Kekszakallu," which won the FIPRESCI prize at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.