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We believe that storytelling has the power to impact lives and be a catalyst for change.

 
 
 

We are an independent film company that specializes in visually rich, socially minded content. Founded in 2004 by Margaret Byrne, Beti Films has worked on countless projects across the globe.

 
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Margaret Byrne

DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

"Telling the stories of others is a privilege. In documentary filmmaking, the most remarkable part is the unique relationships you make because you are often there to witness their darkest and most triumphant moments. Whether, fiction or non-fiction, I will always make movies about real people."

Award-winning filmmaker Margaret Byrne, directed and produced Raising Bertie (POV 2017), a feature documentary following the lives of three African American boys growing up in rural North Carolina. Some of her previous credits include Generation Wealth (2018), All the Queen’s Horses (2017), Emmy-nominated American Promise (POV 2013), and Slaying Goliath (Showtime 2009). She was previously a creative director at Universal Music and directed live concerts and music videos for artists such as Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige. In 2005, Byrne produced and edited the series that launched MTV across Africa. Byrne is a professor at Columbia College and College of DuPage, and a mentor for Kartemquin’s Diverse Voice in Docs program. She lives in Chicago with her daughter Violet in and is the founder of Beti Films.

Jon Stuyvesant

Producer & director of photography

"I believe that the process of making a film is almost more important than the film itself.  If you surround yourself with creative people who believe in forming honest relationships with both your collaborators and/or subjects it is inevitable that you will be able to tell amazing stories."

Jon Stuyvesant is originally from Chicago, but currently lives and works in Brooklyn. He has been working in documentary film for over a decade and has also worked on a wide range of television shows for a host of networks. Jon earned a BFA in Film & Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was a cinematographer for American Promise, a thirteen-year feature documentary that follows two middle class African-American families as they navigate the ups and downs of parenting and educating their sons. The film won the 2013 Sundance Special Jury Prize and 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Jury Award. Jon is currently the Co-Producer and Director of Photography for Raising Bertie, and has worked with Beti Films for the last decade on dozens of projects.

Todd Tue

Director & Director of photography

Todd Tue is a director, shooter and editor with a focus on documentaries, music videos, and shorts. He's currently on production on When It Breaks. Tue has collaborated on such award-winning and festival recognized films as Charlie Louvin: Still Rattlin’ the Devil’s Cage, Shooter Jennings' The Other Life and Seven Signs: Music, Myth & The American South. He has directed and produced several documentary shorts, including the Vimeo Staff Pick, From Grass to Cheese, and book trailers for authors such as Greil Marcus and Sarah Vowell.

Ian Kibbe

producer

Ian is producer of Raising Bertie. He's also a freelance producer and director in Chicago with close ties to Kartemquin Films, having most recently been Kartemquin’s Distribution Manager. Ian was the engagement coordinator for the award-winning PBS documentary, The Calling, and its companion campaign, What’s Your Calling (The Kindling Group). He was also the engagement coordinator for the Emmy nominated, Typeface (Kartemquin Films).

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Rory McFadden

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER & OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Rory is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s film program, the Institute for Documentary Filmmaking at George Washington University, and has worked with Kartemquin Films and Meridian Hill Pictures. Her award-winning documentary short, Life in Strides (2017), is on the festival circuit in 2018. She previously worked as a nurse in critical care and community health in Chicago, and later in research where she interviewed patients’ family members and healthcare providers about their experiences of stress and trauma in Intensive Care Units. Inspired by their powerful stories, she now works to impact social change through documentaries.