For filmmaker, Hamilton's rich with inspiration

May 07, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN REPORTER

Growing up in Baltimore's Hamilton neighborhood, Matthew Porterfield never thought he was living in paradise. But it was close enough, just the sort of place from which a budding filmmaker could draw inspiration.

"There's just so many different kinds of homes, all sorts of styles," Porterfield, 28, says of the northeast Baltimore neighborhood that would serve as both the setting and the title of his first film, which will be screened Saturday and Sunday evenings at this week's ninth annual Maryland Film Festival. "There's this diversity, this sort-of-country thing about it, that I love. It's very green, with flowers and trees and nooks and crannies. There's so much rich life, just physically, in the neighborhood itself."

HAMILTON / / 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday / / Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. / / 410-752-8083

Matthew Porterfield

Age:

28

Hometown:

Baltimore

Sampling of jobs he's held during his decade-or-so as an aspiring film director:

Bike messenger, dog walker, kindergarten teacher, "shadow" for a child attending pre-K at a school in New York (he'd meet the child at school each day and stay with him)

Year he filmed "Hamilton":

2002

First public screening of the film:

April 2, 2006, at the Wisconsin Film Festival

Reason so much time elapsed:

Porterfield spent two years editing the film himself. "We'd sort of run out of money."

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