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.
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.
Press & Media
"[A] profound cinéma vérité film."
"Astounding and powerful."
"The 'Boyhood' of this year’s AFI DOCS, but with more of an urgent social subtext."
"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."
"...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"