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

#SpringShowcase is Sold Out! Meet the Directors

The 3rd annual Kartemquin Spring Showcase is tonight! And it is completely sold out for the 3rd year in a row. The #SpringShowcase features exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage from four of our upcoming documentaries, with viewer feedback directly to the filmmakers in the theater and in a post-screening reception. Serving as both a window into our process and an opportunity to impact the future of these works-in-progress, this event embodies the Kartemquin spirit of collaborative creation and meaningful audience engagement. Since we can only fit so many people into Gene Siskel Film Center tonight, follow the conversation on Twitter: @Kartemquin and #SpringShowcase. Continued

Tickets now on sale for the Kartemquin Spring Showcase

The 3rd annual Kartemquin Spring Showcase invites you to enjoy exclusive previews of never-before-seen footage from four of our upcoming documentaries, and give your feedback directly to the filmmakers in the theater and in a post-screening reception. Serving as both a window into our process and an opportunity to impact the future of these works-in-progress, this event embodies the Kartemquin spirit of collaborative creation and meaningful audience engagement. TICKETS NOW ON SALE: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/kartemquin_spring_showcase_2014 Friday, May 2nd at 8:30pm, with a filmmaker reception to follow for all ticketholders Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N State St, Chicago, IL. Tickets $11, GSFC Members $6. Continued

Raising Bertie and Cooked Get MacArthur Foundation Documentary Grants

The MacArthur Foundation has awarded grants to nine new documentaries, including two being made at Kartemquin: Judith Helfand's Cooked and new project Raising Bertie, by Margaret Byrne. Awarded $120,000 for production, Raising Bertie is about an alternative high school in rural North Carolina with a focus on digital technology, and the challenges of preparing rural youth living in poverty to participate in the 21st Century economy. It will be director/producer Margaret Byrne's first project with Kartemquin and her feature documentary debut, after credits on Rada Film Group's American Promise and Slaying Goliath. Continued

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