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

Raising Bertie receives AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grant

Raising Bertie, the award-winning debut feature by director Margaret Byrne was announced today as one of the recipients of the AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grant. Raising Bertie, as well as six other documentary projects that screened at AFI DOCS 2016 and were involved in the AFI DOCS 2016 Impact Lab received the grant to support their outreach and social action campaigns. The 2016 Impact Lab took place in Washington, D.C. in June of 2016 during AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute's international documentary film festival that aims to bring together the nation's leaders and leading artists. Continued

Raising Bertie goes home; heads to D.C.

Raising Bertie is coming home! On Saturday, December 10, Bertie High School will host two FREE public screenings at 11AM and 1:30PM. This will be the first public screening in Bertie, and the film's subjects will be in attendance. Following each screening there will be panel discussions including the filmmakers: Margaret Byrne, Ian Kibbe and Jon Stuyvesant. After the 1:30PM screening, there will be a barbecue for the entire Bertie community. Continued

Raising Bertie has first Chicago Theatrical Run Nov 18-23 at Gene Siskel Film Center

Raising Bertie, the latest award-winning documentary from Kartemquin comes to the Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from November 18-23 for its first theatrical run. An intimate, six-year portrait of three boys growing into adulthood in rural North Carolina, Raising Bertie is the debut feature of Margaret Byrne. A winner of three festival awards, the film showcases people usually invisible in the media: African-American boys grappling with the precarious school-to-work transition in an impoverished and isolated rural community. Continued

Raising Bertie sells out Chicago Premiere at CIFF; filmmakers discuss recent visit to resilient, post-flood Bertie

Raising Bertie, the intimate, visually rich and compassionate portrait of three African American boys coming of age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina, had its Chicago Premiere yesterday to a sold-out crowd at the Chicago International Film Festival. Following the screening, Director Margaret Byrne, Producer Ian Kibbe and Director of Photography Jon Stuyvesant discussed the making of the film–particularly the importance of the relationships they have (and continually sustain) with their subjects; rural youth and communities in America and their goals for the film's impact campaign. Continued

SLIFF honors Gordon Quinn with Maysles Brothers Lifetime Achievement Award; celebrates #KTQ50

The St. Louis International Film Festival will be honoring Kartemquin co-founder and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn with the Maysles Brothers Lifetime Achievement Award in Documentary on Sunday, November 6th. In celebration of Quinn, SLIFF will be screening a preview of the work-in-progress '63 Boycott, as well as Kartemquin classics Trick Bag and Winnie Wright, Age 11. Continued

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

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

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