Local filmmaker Matthew Porterfield says he’s hopeful his next made-in-Maryland movie, “Sollers Point,” will be in theaters sometime in early 2019.
Porterfield said he finished filming the movie in January and would like to show it initially at a film festival, possibly in Venice or Toronto.
“I’m very proud of it,” he said after a recent event at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Film Center. “I think it’s my best work.”
Porterfield has used Maryland as the setting for a series of films, including “Hamilton,” “Putty Hill” and “I Used to Be Darker.” He shot his latest film, which he wrote and directed, largely in and around Sollers Point, an economically depressed area in southeastern Baltimore County, accessible from Sollers Point Road.
The film stars McCaul Lombardi from “American Honey” (and grandson of football coach Vince Lombardi) and actor Jim Belushi. Others in the cast include Jurnee Smollett-Bell (from “Underground” on WGN) and Marin Ireland (from “Hell or High Water”).
The movie is about a small-time drug dealer (Lombardi) who is under house arrest at the home of his father (Belushi). While there, he interacts with an impoverished community plagued with unemployment, segregation and other societal ills.
Porterfield teaches film at the Johns Hopkins University and won a prestigious Baker Artist Award last year. He is a finalist for the award again this year. The winners will be announced May 25 on Maryland Public Television’s Artworks program.