Raising Bertie Takes Honors Again in Atlanta

Raising Bertie, has just been awarded the Best Documentary Feature prize at Atlanta Docufest. This is its second accolade from Atlanta in short succession; director Margaret Byrne was also honored with 2016 Best Director Award from The Atlanta Underground Film Festival in August 2016. Raising Bertie portrays the lives of three boys in rural African American community of Bertie County, North Carolina. Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell face challenges of racism, violence and families breaking apart. The film provides a voice to youth nationwide who suffer from the effects of poverty and educational discrimination. Continued

#KTQ50: Watch The Trials of Muhammad Ali for free this week

From today until Friday, September 23rd, the free KTQ50 film is the Emmy Award-winning The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013). "Bill Siegel’s audacious documentary puts new heat and focus on what an extraordinary figure Muhammad Ali was outside the boxing ring. No film has probed this deeply into the fallout from his name change or his complex bond with Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam. And the saga of Ali’s refusal to be drafted during Vietnam becomes a profile in courage — a tale of shocking vilification and faith lost and found." — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly Continued

CIFF to host Raising Bertie Chicago premiere

Margaret Byrne's award-winning Kartemquin film Raising Bertie will finally screen in our hometown at the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival on Sunday October 23rd, 2016. Announced today as a special presentation in the out-of-competition documentaries of the 52nd Chicago International Festival, Raising Bertie screens tomorrow in its Los Angeles premiere at the Billy Wilder Theater as the opening night of a 50th Anniversary retrospective of Kartemquin Films co-presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive and the International Documentary Association. Margaret Byrne and producer Ian Kibbe will attend. Continued

#KTQ50 Los Angeles retrospective begins this Friday with Raising Bertie LA premiere

Beginning this Friday September 16th and continuing through September 26th, the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the International Documentary Association (IDA) will host a 15-film KTQ retrospective at the Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles. Kartemquin Artistic Director and Founder Gordon Quinn sat down with UCLA for an interview during which Quinn discussed the mission, values, past and future of Kartemquin. Find an excerpt below: Continued

#KTQ50: Watch As Goes Janesville for free all week

From today until Friday, September 16th, the free KTQ50 film is As Goes Janesville (2012). "An up-close view of one of the meanest and most dramatic chapters in recent American politics: the battle over collective-bargaining rights for Wisconsin state employees and the subsequent effort to recall the Republican governor, Scott Walker, from office... has a narrative drive unusual for a 60-minute television documentary, pulling us along like a political thriller. " — Mike Hale, The New York Times As Goes Janesville, so goes America. Continued

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