Matthew Porterfield is a screen director and writer.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Matt Porterfield studied film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and teaches in the Film & Media Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University. His first feature, Hamilton, was released theatrically in 2006. Called “one of the finest American independent films ever made” by New Yorker film editor Richard Brody, it continues to tour festivals, museums, and art-house theatres around the world and was included in John Water’s 2006 Top Ten in Artforum International. His most recent feature, Putty Hill, premiered at the Berlinaleʼs International Forum of New Cinema in 2010 and was released in the US by Cinema Guild in 2011. In 2012, Matt was a featured artist in the Whitney Biennial and was awarded grants from Creative Capital and the Wexner Center for the Arts to develop his newest project, Sollers Point. His films and videos have screened at The Whitney Biennial, MOMA, Harvard Film Archive, BAM, AFI, Centre Pompidou, the Swedish Film Institute, and film festivals such as the Viennale, Edinburgh, SXSW, BAFICI, SANFIC, CPH:PIX, Thessoloniki, and Haifa. His third feature, I Used To Be Darker, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in the US this fall.
Work with Sky FerreiraEdit
Porterfield directed the 2010 drama film, Putty Hill, along with being credited as a writer alongside Jordan Mintzer. The film features a girl named Jenny who is portrayed by Sky Ferreira. In the film, Ferreira also covers Whitney Houston's rendition of "I Will Always Love You".