Event Pick: Matthew Porterfield’s ‘Sollers Point’ begins its run at The Parkway

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A still from Matthew Porterfield’s “Sollers Point.” Image via Maryland Film Festival.

If you weren’t among the Maryland Film Festival-goers who caught the premiere of Matthew Porterfield’s “Sollers Point” last week, you’re in luck. The film kicks off a three-week run at The Parkway tonight, and both Porterfield and the movie’s lead actor, McCaul Lombardi, will be on hand to discuss their work.

The story revolves around Keith, a small-time drug dealer (Lombardi) who’s recently returned home to Southeast Baltimore County after a stint in prison. Under house arrest and living with his father (Jim Belushi), Keith reconnects with his family, friends, his ex and others, and navigates hometown life on the streets of Dundalk in a story that, per the festival’s website, “is uniquely Baltimore.”

The New Yorker’s Richard Brody has said the film “presses gently but painfully on some of the most inflamed and sensitive parts of American society,” and The Hollywood Reporter’s Sheri Linden dubbed it “another potent example of regional filmmaking” from Porterfield.

The movie premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spanish Basque County last September. This run at the Parkway, which goes through May 31, marks the beginning of the film’s broader release.

The first screening is this afternoon at 4:30 p.m., though if you pick the 7:30 p.m. showing you’ll get to hear from the local director and Lombardi during a post-screening Q&A. (They’ll be around again for Saturday night’s 7:30 p.m. screening.)

Parkway Theatre, 5 W. North Ave., (443) 438-6144, mdfilmfest.com/film/sollerspoint, $10.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan is Baltimore Fishbowl's associate editor. He previously covered Baltimore-area news as a web producer for Fox45/WBFF-TV. Before arriving in Baltimore, he worked as an assistant editor for CQ Researcher in Washington D.C., and a reporter for Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. Look for his freelance bylines in Baltimore City Paper and DCist.
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