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How to Succeed at Sundance

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Baltimore filmmaker Matt Porterfield’s third film, I Used to Be Darker (which we’ve written about here and here ) won a rave review from New Yorker film blogger Richard Brody, who picked it as one of the “Three Excellent Sundance Films” he reviewed this week. Brody praised the film for its “clear sense of place” (Baltimore!) and its use of music.  I Used to Be Darker and two other films are “major cinematic events.” As far as blurbs go, that’s not bad at all.

Baltimore Filmmaker is Headed to Sundance

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Congrats to Matt Porterfield, whose soon-to-be-released film, I Used to Be Darker, was just accepted to the Sundance Film Festival. Considering that Porterfield’s work was selected for the Whitney Biennial, snagged him the Sondheim Prize, and won him accolades from film reviewers in the New Yorker, we’re confident in proclaiming that the filmmaker has officially arrived.

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.

Local Filmmaker Matthew Porterfield Needs $40,000 by Saturday

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A panhandler asks you for some change outside the 7-Eleven, and you don’t give. If he offered you a walk-on role in a film he’s making, or if he promised to tattoo your initials on his arm, would you be more likely to donate to the cause? Or what if he’s trying to raise $6 for a sandwich, and you pledge $1, with the caveat that if he doesn’t meet his goal in an hour you get your money back?

It might be not be a viable strategy for the homeless and hungry, but on Kickstarter, a website for artists seeking to fund their projects, the incentive and money-back guarantee model has been working. Higher pledge amounts bring more exciting incentives, and potential donors know that if the entire amount is not raised (which would imply that the project cannot be completed) they are not charged.

Baltimore’s own Matt Porterfield is using the fundraising website to partially finance his upcoming film (set entirely in Maryland) I Used to Be Darker. The Sondheim Prize winner is asking for $40k, 40 percent of the film’s  total budget. Over $27,000 has already been pledged, but if he doesn’t make the difference by Saturday, then it’s all a bust.

For I Used to Be Darker, incentives range from a thank you credit in the film ($5 pledge) to a thank you credit tattooed on the writer-director’s arm ($10,000 pledge). Learn more about the film at the Kickstarter page.

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