Raising Bertie now available to stream for FREE on pbs.org

Following its highly anticipated broadcast on PBS' prestigious documentary strand POV last night, August 28, award-winning Raising Bertie is now available to stream for free on PBS.org. There was an outpouring of reverence and appreciation for the film, the filmmakers, and its subjects following the nationwide broadcast. A robust and thoughtful audience on social media tuned in and chimed in about #RaisingBertiePBS. #RaisingBertiePBS is a must see #documentary Continued

Raising Bertie broadcasts nationwide tonight on PBS!

Raising Bertie will have its world television broadcast premiere on PBS' POV tonight, August 28th, as part of the prestigious PBS documentary strand's 30th season. Check local listings here. An intimate, six-year portrait of three boys growing into adulthood in Bertie County, located in rural Eastern North Carolina, the film offers viewers a respectful and tender insight into the emotional lives of Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell. This raw and starkly poetic cinéma vérité film weaves their stories together as they navigate school, unemployment, violence, first love, fatherhood, and estrangement from family members and mentors, subtly exploring the complex relationships between generational poverty, economic isolation, and educational inequity. Continued

Raising Bertie earns extended run in Chicago; playing until June 29th!

Raising Bertie, the debut feature by director Margaret Byrne has earned an extended run at the Studio Movie Grill Chatham in Chicago, following a successful opening weekend including two dynamic Q&A's. Tonight following the film's 7PM screening, director Margaret Byrne and Ian Kibbe will participate in a post-screening discussion with representatives of Organizing For Action Illinois. The film will play at the theater until June 29. Purchase tickets here. Find a full list of screenings of Raising Bertie during its nationwide theatrical run here. Continued

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

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