An Intimate Portrait of Three African American Boys Coming of Age in Rural North Carolina
Set in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in Eastern North Carolina, Raising Bertie takes audiences deep into the emotional lives of three boys - Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell - over six-years as they come of age. This powerful vérité film weaves the young men’s stories together as they try to define their identities; they navigate unemployment, institutional racism, violence, first love, fatherhood, and estrangement from family members and mentors.
Rural minorities like the youth in Bertie represent some of the nation's most vulnerable and least visible individuals. Rural child poverty rates continue to rise and poverty rates for minorities in rural areas are nearly three times that of rural whites. Despite this, the national media and educational reform movement have focused primarily on the needs of urban and non-rural youth, largely ignoring this vital segment of America. This is particularly troubling considering that rural areas provide most of our food, house most of our prisoners, and provide a large number of our armed personnel.
Raising Bertie is an experience that asks us to see this world through their eyes, inciting recognition of lives and communities too often ignored. Intimate access provides a unique longitudinal observation of the everyday, and what happens in the lives of young people caught in the complex interplay of generational poverty, educational inequity, and race.
Kartemquin Films Presents A Beti FIlms Production Director and Producer Margaret Byrne Producer Ian Robertson Kibbe
Director of Photography and Co-Producer Jon Stuyvesant Editor Leslie Simmer Additional Editors Ryan Gleeson Hillary Bachelder Frances Cedro
Executive Producers J. Cole Justine Nagan Gordon Quinn
Three people caught in the system:
An inside look at Chicago’s mental health crisis
Currently in production, Any Given Day, examines the systemic roots of the mental health crisis in Chicago and the human impact policies have for those living with mental illness and their families. We intimately follow the lives of Daniel, Angela, and Dimitar, three defendants that pled into the Mental Health Court Program in Cook County, a diversionary probation program that provides court mandated treatment and a chance to expunge your record. Through their stories we also meet Judge Edidin and her mental health court team who work to ensure participants graduate with the treatment and individual support they need to be successful.
Stealing more than $37,000 a day in her more than twenty years in office, Rita Crundwell became one of the nation’s leading quarter horse breeders, traveled the world, and threw lavish parties, all while forcing staff cuts, police budget slashing, and leaving public infrastructure in disrepair.
In 2012, Crundwell was arrested as the largest municipal fraud perpetrator in the nation’s history, embezzling upwards of $50 million as the comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, a city in the heart of Illinois.
All the Queen’s Horses aims to illuminate this landmark case and bring to light the blatant negligence of auditors and bankers the public relied on to keep their tax dollars safe. The eye-opening story of two decades of fraud at this magnitude is a reminder and a lesson: such catastrophes need only blind eyes and moral blindness.
Helios Digital Learning Presents A Kartemquin Production Director and Producer Kelly Richmond Pope
Producer RAYMOND LAMBERTExecutive Producers IVY WALKER JUSTINE NAGAN GORDON QUINN BETSY STEINBERG
Cinematographer MARGARET BYRNE Associate Producer KRISTYN AVALOS
RUN & SHOOT FILMWORKS MARTHA'S VINEYARD AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017
HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION FRAUDE FILM FESTIVAL 2017
A documentary 13 years in the making, American Promise provides a rare look into the lives of two middle class Black families as they navigate the ups and down of parenting and educating their sons.
New York Film Festival 2013
Winner Jury Award Sundance Film Festival 2013
Winner Grand Prize
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2013
Mali is said to be the birthplace of the Blues.
Filmed over the course of five years, the feature length documentary, Music in Mali, follows the lives of several well known Malian musicians who are creating inspiring, heartfelt music in some of the most difficult living conditions in West Africa. When the President of Mali is overthrown and Mali is divided, all the musicians from the north are forced to leave their homes and flee to Bamako. In the face of war, music becomes their only weapon.
Director: Aja Salvatore
Producer and Director of Cinematography: David Nicholson
Field Producer & Additional Cinematography: Margaret Byrne
Editors: Margaret Byrne & David Nicholson