Raising Bertie to broadcast premiere on PBS' POV

Raising Bertie will have its world television broadcast premiere on PBS' POV on August 28th, as part of the prestigious PBS documentary strand's 30th season, announced today. Check local listings here. We are delighted that PBS will bring this compelling story to a national audience. The news comes on the heels of the film's theatrical release announcement, which begins June 9, playing the following theaters, with more to be confirmed soon: Maysles Cinema: New York, NY Pelham Picture House: Pelham, NY Roxie Theatre: San Francisco, CA Continued

Watch the new trailer for Raising Bertie, in theaters June 9

Today Variety exclusively premiered the new theatrical trailer for our award-winning Raising Bertie. The film will begin its theatrical run through distributor Gunpowder & Sky on June 9th at the Maysles Cinema in New York City, with following theatrical runs in Chicago, San Francisco, Charlotte and New Orleans already confirmed. Watch the official trailer below and get tickets and information for upcoming screenings. Continued

Raising Bertie plays to sold-out crowd at PIFF XL; heads to Big Sky!

Award-winning Raising Bertie has continued its packed festival run in the past week, playing at the Portland International Film Festival on February 21 and 22, having its Tennessee premiere at the Indie Memphis Film Series on February 22 and heading to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival this Friday! Director Margaret Byrne was in attendance for the screenings in Portland, including a screening for 300 students. Continued

Abacus and Raising Bertie to screen in PIFF's Documentary Views section

Raising Bertie and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail head to the Portland International Film Festival this week to screen in the festival's Documentary Views section, aimed at offering a "fresh perspective on the world we live in and the fascinating people and stories that surround us Other films in the series include Academy Award-nominated I Am Not Your Negro and Fire at Sea. Both Steve James, director of Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Margaret Byrne will attend the screenings: ABACUS: Saturday, February 11 at 5:15PM Continued

The Hive of Raising Bertie receives $150,000 grant; Raising Bertie heads to Big Sky

The Bertie County Hive House, originally an alternative school for young men in Bertie County, North Carolina, which now operates as a community center has received a $150,000 grant through the North Carolina Development Initiative, provided by Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The donation will go towards renovations for the community center, founded by Vivian B. Saunders, who is featured in Raising Bertie. Saunders, Dr. Gary Cordon of the Victory Temple Church in Windsor and Tara Kenchen of the NC Community Development Initiative recently discussed their perspectives on the work of the Hive and what it means to be raised in Bertie on the Black Issues Forum on UNC-TV. Continued

Raising Bertie receives AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grant

Raising Bertie, the award-winning debut feature by director Margaret Byrne was announced today as one of the recipients of the AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grant. Raising Bertie, as well as six other documentary projects that screened at AFI DOCS 2016 and were involved in the AFI DOCS 2016 Impact Lab received the grant to support their outreach and social action campaigns. The 2016 Impact Lab took place in Washington, D.C. in June of 2016 during AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute's international documentary film festival that aims to bring together the nation's leaders and leading artists. Continued

Raising Bertie goes home; heads to D.C.

Raising Bertie is coming home! On Saturday, December 10, Bertie High School will host two FREE public screenings at 11AM and 1:30PM. This will be the first public screening in Bertie, and the film's subjects will be in attendance. Following each screening there will be panel discussions including the filmmakers: Margaret Byrne, Ian Kibbe and Jon Stuyvesant. After the 1:30PM screening, there will be a barbecue for the entire Bertie community. Continued

Raising Bertie has first Chicago Theatrical Run Nov 18-23 at Gene Siskel Film Center

Raising Bertie, the latest award-winning documentary from Kartemquin comes to the Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from November 18-23 for its first theatrical run. An intimate, six-year portrait of three boys growing into adulthood in rural North Carolina, Raising Bertie is the debut feature of Margaret Byrne. A winner of three festival awards, the film showcases people usually invisible in the media: African-American boys grappling with the precarious school-to-work transition in an impoverished and isolated rural community. Continued

Raising Bertie sells out Chicago Premiere at CIFF; filmmakers discuss recent visit to resilient, post-flood Bertie

Raising Bertie, the intimate, visually rich and compassionate portrait of three African American boys coming of age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina, had its Chicago Premiere yesterday to a sold-out crowd at the Chicago International Film Festival. Following the screening, Director Margaret Byrne, Producer Ian Kibbe and Director of Photography Jon Stuyvesant discussed the making of the film–particularly the importance of the relationships they have (and continually sustain) with their subjects; rural youth and communities in America and their goals for the film's impact campaign. Continued

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