Full Frame 2016 to host world premiere of Raising Bertie

Raising Bertie, a new film from debut director Margaret Byrne and Chicago’s award-winning documentary collective Kartemquin Films, will world premiere at Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, North Carolina on April 9, 2016. Set in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in Eastern North Carolina, the film takes the viewer deep into the emotional lives of three young boys - Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell - as they face a number of challenges over six years as they grow into adults. All three will attend the world premiere. This raw and starkly poetic longitudinal cinéma vérité film weaves the young men’s stories together as they navigate unemployment, institutional racism, violence, first love, fatherhood, death, and estrangement from family members and mentors, all while trying to define their identities. Continued

Raising Bertie will head to IFP Film Week

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) yesterday announced selections for their Project Forum at IFP Independent Film Week, running September 20-25, 2015 at Lincoln Center in New York City; as a previously announced selection of the Independent Filmmaker Labs, IFP’s annual yearlong fellowship for first-time feature directors, Kartemquin's in-progress film Raising Bertie will attend. See the full list of films selected for the 2015 IFP Project Forum Slate. Continued

Raising Bertie Feels the Love at Good Pitch

#TeamBertie is wrapping up a crazy, emotional, wonderful week after participating in this year's Good Pitch Chicago. The event, which was held this part Tuesday in Pilsen's historic Thalia Hall, raised over $350,000 for the six projects that participated. Raising Bertie came away from the event with a Ford Foundation Grant of $50,000, as well as over $10,000 in additional grants from Impact Partners and private donors and support from all the members of their roundtable with offers to host screenings, make White House connections, brain trusts, and fundraisers. Additional highlights of the day included donation of all educational materials, and individuals donating story consulting and impact strategy consulting. Continued

Raising Bertie ready for Good Pitch and SDF

Kartemquin's film Raising Bertie is one of just six in-progress documentaries selected for the second Good Pitch Chicago, which takes place tomorrow at Thalia Hall in Chicago. In Raising Bertie we follow three young men over the course of five years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a small African American-led farming community in North Carolina. Through the intimate portrayal of these young men, we see the issues facing America’s rural youth and the repercussions of a woefully underfunded rural public school system. Their stories shed light on the complex relationships between family, economics and education. Continued

Raising Bertie picked for Good Pitch Chicago

Upcoming Kartemquin film Raising Bertie is one of just six in-progress documentaries selected for the second Good Pitch Chicago. In Raising Bertie we follow three young men over the course of five years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a small African American-led farming community in North Carolina. Through the intimate portrayal of these young men, we see the issues facing America’s rural youth and the repercussions of a woefully underfunded rural public school system. Their stories shed light on the complex relationships between family, economics and education. Continued

KTQ producers star in 2014 New City Film 50

Chicago's New City magazine has published it's 2014 list of Chicago's "Screen Gems" - an annual list of the top 50 film artists in the city - and for the second year in a row, a Kartermquin producer is at #1. Steve James takes the top spot this year, receiving praise for his work on Life Itself and his long career of "explorations of the heart and humanity of Chicago." Out of the 50 names, the list contains a total of 11 Kartemquin producers and associates. These are: #1 - Steve James, director/producer of The Interrupters, and many more. Continued

Raising Bertie receives Southern Documentary Fund Grant

The Southern Documentary Fund has awarded their first ever SDF Filmmaking Grants, and we are delighted to announce that Raising Bertie is one of the four inaugural recipients. The Southern Documentary Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization that cultivates documentaries made in or about the American South. Inspired by a core belief that documentaries have the power to change lives, SDF serves as a leading advocate for powerful Southern storytelling, providing filmmakers with professional support, fiscal sponsorship, and creative community. Continued

Watch a video recap of the 2014 Spring Showcase

For those of you who couldn't attend - or just want to relive - the 2014 Kartemquin Spring Showcase, watch the recap video of our third annual sold out event. The Spring Showcase invites an audience to preview and discuss four new works-in-progress by Kartemquin filmmakers in a spirit of creative collaboration. The video was edited by KTQ spring 2014 intern Stephanie Sunata. The Gene Siskel Film Center hosted the event for the third year, with the crowd reacting very positively to the short clips shown by Hard Earned; In the Game; Raising Bertie and Generation Food. Continued

New website for Raising Bertie

Fresh from debuting footage in public for the first time at the Kartemquin Spring Showcase, Raising Bertie has launched a new website. The film is now formally in rough-cut stage, with director Margaret Byrne and editor Leslie Simmer hard at work putting it together, while fundraising continues. Byrne just returned from North Carolina on what may be one of the film's final shoots. It was the high school prom of one of the film's characters, and Margaret and director of photography Jon Stuyvesant were decked out in their finest corsages and boutonnieres. After four years of filming, there are just a couple more shoots this Summer and Fall still ahead on this story of the education of three young men growing up in rural poverty. Continued

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