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Strand Releasing Acquires Matt Porterfield's Sundance and Berlin Entry 'I Used to Be Darker'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 11, 2013 at 12:00PM

Strand Releasing has picked up all US rights to Matt Porterfield's Boston-set drama "I Used to Be Darker," which screened at both this year's Sundance and Berlin International film festivals.
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"I Used to Be Darker"
"I Used to Be Darker"

Strand Releasing has picked up all US rights to Matt Porterfield's Boston-set drama "I Used to Be Darker," which screened at both this year's Sundance and Berlin International film festivals. 

The film will be an upcoming selection at the Sarasota and Maryland film festivals. 

Here's the official synopsis:

When Taryn (Deragh Campbell), a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself in trouble in Ocean City, MD, she seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore. But musicians Kim (Kim Taylor) and Bill (Ned Oldham) have problems of their own: they’re trying to handle the end of their marriage gracefully for the sake of their daughter Abby (Hannah Gross), just home from her first year of college. A story of family revelations, people finding each other and letting each other go, looking for love where they’ve found it before and, when that doesn’t work, figuring out where they might find it next.

Boston native Porterfield, who previously helmed 2011's "Putty Hill," co-penned the script for "I Used to Be Darker" with Amy Belk. The film features live and soundtrack music written by actors Taylor and Oldham, as well as Jack Carneal, Dope Body, Dustin Wong, the Entrance Band, Jana Hunter and Bill Calahan.


Strand plans a fall 2013 theatrical release.

This article is related to: News, Strand Releasing, Putty Hill, News, Matt Porterfield


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.