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Matt Porterfield campaigns for his "game-changer" third film

Even after winning international acclaim for "Hamilton" and "Putty Hill," Matt Porterfield, in the promo video for his new project, "I Used to Be Darker," says "the game hasn't changed" -- at least when it comes to financing his personal, lovingly crafted movies.

But in an email to the Sun, he predicts that this is the film that will make it easier to fund his future ones: "It's gonna be a game-changer!"

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For Porterfield's Kickstarter campaign page, click here.

Some highlights:

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It will be 100% made-in-Maryland.

Porterfield wrote the script with his partner, Amy Belk, and will be filming it with his ace shooter, Jeremy Saulnier.

The plot is never the point in a Porterfield movie, but "I Used to Be Darker" has one about a pregnant Northern Irish runaway who seeks a haven with relatives in Baltimore just when they're ending their marriage.

Porterfield promises the movie will encompass both the family and their community. And he's given music "an important part" -- great news for those who think he's got killer instincts for wedding images and sounds.

He and Belk wrote the key parts of the runaway's aunt and her soon-to-be-ex-husband as "working musicians" -- and shaped the roles for working musicians Ned Oldham and Kim Taylor because Porterfield and Belk feel their "music and presence" have a transcendent power.

August 1 is the proposed start-date.

"Our total production costs are just over $100,000," says Porterfield. "If we can raise $40K or more with your support, coupled with first-money-in from private equity investors, we can keep the cameras rolling through August and get DARKER in the can."

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