When Taryn, a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself in trouble in Ocean City, Maryland, she seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore. But Kim and Bill have problems of their own: they are trying to handle the end of their marriage gracefully for the sake of their daughter, Abby, just home from her first year of college. I Used to Be Darker is a story of people finding each other and letting each other go; of looking for love where they have found it before; and, when that does not work, figuring out where they might find it next.
With his third feature, writer/director Matthew Porterfield focuses his delicate eye on this rip in a family’s fabric and the emotional fallout it causes. Cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier beautifully tracks the bubbling revelations and suburban Baltimore landscape in this quiet story that is enlivened by live performance. - C. R.
About the Director
Matthew Porterfield wrote and directed Hamilton, for which he was named best new filmmaker at the Boulder International Film Festival in 2007, and Putty Hill. He studied at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, lives in Baltimore, and teaches screenwriting, theory, and production at Johns Hopkins University. In 2012, Porterfield was a featured artist in the Whitney Biennial, a Creative Capital grantee, and the recipient of a Wexner Center Artist Residency Award. He has two feature scripts in development—“Sollers Point” and the IFP No Borders project “Metal Gods.”
Cast and Credits
Director: Matthew Porterfield
Screenwriters: Amy Belk, Matthew Porterfield
Executive Producers: Jane Brown, Dan Carey, Jack Dwyer, Walter S. Hall, Laura Heberton, Celia Mingus-Zaentz
Producers: Eric Bannat, Steve Holmgren, Ryan Zacarias
Cinematographer: Jeremy Saulnier
Editor: Marc Vives
Production Designer: Bart Mangrum
Sound Design: Danny Meltzer, Gene Park
Principal Cast: Deragh Campbell, Hannah Gross, Kim Taylor, Ned Oldham, Geoff Grace, Nick Petr
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