Putty Hill/Hamilton [Collector's Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Putty Hill: Audio commentary featuring director Matt Porterfield, director of photography JEremy Saulnier, editor Marc Vives and producer Steve Holmgren
  • Deleted scenes
  • Metal Gods screen test, the inspiration for Putty Hill
  • Making of documentary (30 minutes)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Hamilton: Deleted scenes
  • UnionDocs: Richard Brody interview with Matt Porterfield


A young couple struggling with the demands of parenthood are at once united and driven apart by their common responsibilities in this atmospheric independent drama. Lena (Stephanie Vizzi) is a 17-year-old girl living in the Baltimore suburb of Hamilton. Not long ago Lena gave birth to a child fathered by her boyfriend Joe (Chris Myers), but while he tries to do his part in raising the baby, she's currently living with his family, while he's staying elsewhere as he tries to raise some money doing odd jobs. Over the course of two sticky hot summer days, Lena tries to track down Joe as she prepares to leave town for a month's vacation; her search for her boyfriend is impeded by a lazy lack of momentum brought on by the heat, and her pursuit is nearly silent, with the familiar sounds of bugs, lawn mowers, and children playing filling the soundtrack. Hamilton was the first feature film from writer and director Matt Porterfield, and received its premier at the 2006 Wisconsin Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Putty Hill
An unexpected death brings together a disjointed community of family, friends, and casual acquaintances in this independent drama from filmmaker Matt Porterfield. Putty Hill is a working-class neighborhood in Baltimore that has seen better days; the economic downturn has hit the town hard, and many of the area's young people seem to have little in the way of ambition or a future. Cory was a young man from Putty Hill who has died of a heroin overdose; while it seems that everyone knew him, no one knew him very well -- not even his family, who had fallen out of contact with him as his drug use increased. Despite that, Cory's family and circle of friends come together for his funeral, and in the day leading up to the memorial, people gather in the neighborhood hangouts to remember who they've lost and talk about their own lives and where they want to go. A semi-improvised project created when another film by Porterfield fell apart during pre-production, Putty Hill received its world premiere at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Stephanie Vizzi - Lena
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    Madeleine Saar Reeser - Adeline
  • Tiffany Boone
    Tiffany Boone - Courtney
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    Colby Ball - Briana
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    Janet Bazinet-Phillips - Kelly

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