The debut feature by director Margaret Byrne, hailed as "Astounding and powerful" by IndieWire. is an intimate six-year portrait of three African American young men coming of age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina.
The film then opens in New York City at the Maysles Cinema, for a weekend run June 9-11. Byrne and DP/producer Jon Stuyvesant will be present for post-screening Q&A's at all three screenings. Get tickets here!
"The film’s shape, at last, is that of life, of young men trying out selves but ultimately growing into who they always were at the start. Byrne captures, with exquisite attentiveness, the hard work of being your own role model." –Village Voice
"Those in rural southern areas like Bertie County in Eastern North Carolina are often glanced over or overlooked entirely. This time, Byrne is giving young men from a very different walk of life the opportunity to share their truth." – Jet Magazine
The film's three subjects, Reginald 'Junior' Askew, Davonte 'DaDa' Harrell and David "Bud" Perry, were featured as the International Documentary Association's Doc Stars of the Month An excerpt from the interview:
"My story is important 'cause I'm not the only person that's goin' through what I've been through. A lot of people don't have the opportunity to share their story. That's the most important thing, that I done it." –Davonte 'DaDa' Harrell
Raising Bertie's theatrical run:
June 6th, 7PM: Fayetteville, NC - Moonshadow Film Society
June 6th, 6PM: Larkspur, CA - The Lark Theater
June 9th-15th: Pelham, NY - The Picture House
June 9th-11: New York City, NY - Maysles Cinema
June 16-22: Austin, TX - 14 Pews
June 16-22 San Francisco, CA - The Roxie
June 16-22: Chicago, IL - Studio Movie Grill Chatham
June 20th: Austin, TX - The Violet Crown
June 21: Charlottesville, VA - The Violet Crown
June 23-29: Los Angeles, CA - Laemmle Music Hall
June 23-29: New Orleans, LA - Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
More information at: www.raisingbertie.com/screenings
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