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Raising Bertie

Raising Bertie

Raising Bertie is an award-winning feature documentary that provides an intimate portrait of three African American boys coming of age in rural North Carolina. I've had the privilege of collaborating with director, Margaret Byrne, over the last several years to design and create various marketing collateral used to promote the film and the powerful story of these three young men.

Designed & illustrated official film poster

 
Designed & built WordPress website

Designed & built WordPress website

Designed & illustrated key graphic

Film Details

What happens in the lives of young people caught in the complex interplay of generational poverty, educational inequity, and race? Reginald, Davonte, and David are black teenagers in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Raising Bertie documents their trials and triumphs over six years as the young men repeat grades, search for jobs, and persevere. Along the way, they are aided by activist Vivian Saunders, whose innovative alternative high school, The Hive, provides a much-needed resource for an underserved community. In the spirit of other longitudinal portraits such as Steve James’ Hoop Dreams and Michael Apted’s Up series, identity and opportunity play major roles in the process of coming of age.

Produced by Kartemquin Films & Beti Films
Director & Producer Margaret Byrne
Producer Ian Robertson Kibbe
Director of Photography & Co-Producer Jon Stuyvesant
Editor Leslie Simmer
Additional Editors Ryan Gleeson, Hillary Bachelder, Frances Cedro
Executive Producers J. Cole, Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn

For more info and screenings visit www.raisingbertie.com.
Follow Team Bertie on Facebook and Instagram.

Press & Media

"[A] profound cinéma vérité film."

- Tambay Olson, Shadow and Act

"Astounding and powerful."

- Bryn Gelbart, Indiewire

"The 'Boyhood' of this year’s AFI DOCS, but with more of an urgent social subtext."

- Dean Essner, Washington City Paper

"The documentary brilliantly weaves the young men’s stories together, as they transition from their teens into manhood, engaged in a shared struggle for social and economic survival."

"[A] starkly poetic film."

- Brian C. Bush, The Huffington Post

"...I never would have heard of Bertie, North Carolina if it weren’t for this movie, and using art to learn about every corner of our country seems more essential than ever"

- Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

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