Baltimore Filmmaker Matthew Porterfield Gives Hopkins Students a Taste of Movie-Making

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It’s sad but true:  when some people start making a name for themselves around Baltimore, they immediately decamp to New York. Not Matthew Porterfield, however; the Baltimore native and award winning filmmaker, who won the 2011 Sondheim Prize and was the first Baltimore artist to be selected for the prestigious Whitney Biennial, is still in town, teaching at Johns Hopkins and finishing up his newest film. Not only that, he’s also ensuring that plenty Baltimoreans — including some of his current and fellow students — will show up in the credits.

“With each of my films, we’ve had JHU [and Maryland Institute College of Art] students fulfilling internship or independent study requirements on production,” Porterfield told the Johns Hopkins Arts & Sciences Magazine. I Used to Be Darker, the filmmaker’s newest project (slated to be released early next year) had help from Hopkins students and recent grads who worked as grips, best boys, camera assistants, and sound technicians. “Our film and media studies students are extremely capable and dedicated, but most haven’t had the opportunity to work on a feature film shoot. After three or four weeks on set, they’re even better prepared to work in the industry,” Porterfield said.

The film also features bit parts and significant roles by local characters-about-town (you might recognize musician Geoff Grace and artist Nick Petr), and a soundtrack featuring local bands, including Dope Body and Dustin Wong. We can’t wait to see it!

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