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.


Margaret Byrne


"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), and Emmy-nominated American Promise (POV 2013). 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. 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 and is the founder of Beti Films.

Ian Kibbe


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).


Rory McFadden


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.


Rubin Daniels


Rubin holds a B.S. in Communications from the University of North Florida as well as an M.S. in Cinema Production from DePaul University. His interest in documentary editing was further ingrained during his internship at Kartemquin Films in the Fall of 2014, and he has continued collaborating with the company ever since, currently editing a television series directed by Steve James. The series America To Me premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2018) and will air on Starz Inc. in Fall 2018.


Shuling Yong


Shuling is a Singapore-born, Chicago-based documentary filmmaker, sound mixer and cinematographer with a passion for social change. She has worked on films like Radical Grace (2015, dir. Rebecca Parrish), In The Game (2015, dir. Maria Finitzo), The Feeling of Being Watched (dir. Assia Boundaoui), America To Me (2018, dir. Steve James), and In Time To Come (2017, dir. Tan Pin Pin). In 2015, Shuling directed Growing Roots, a documentary short that premiered on the Discovery Channel. Shuling is a 2013 Diverse Voices in Docs fellow, a participating filmmaker at the 2017 BRITDOC Queer Impact Producers Lab, the 2014 DocNet Southeast Asia Strategy Workshop and 2016 Video For Change Forum.