Thursday, April 26th at 7 PM, Margaret Byrne will join a lineup of remarkable filmmakers at The Doc Talk Show. Byrne will show a trailer for Any Given Day, the new Beti Films feature currently in production, and talk with host Jeff Spitz about the film. This free event is the first opportunity to catch a glimpse of this powerful exploration of the mental health crisis in Chicago. Space is limited, reserve your seat in advance.
Feature-length doc is also an official selection at Sarasota Film Festival
Raising Bertie, a coming-of-age tale of three young black men in rural Bertie County, North Carolina, will hold its world premiere at the 19th Annual Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham North Carolina on April 9, 2016. The feature-length documentary is a co-production between Beti Films and documentary collective Kartemquin Films. The premiere is also the debut of first-time feature-length director Margaret Byrne.
Filmed over the course of six-years, the film focuses on Reginald "Junior" Askew, Davonte "Dada" Harrell and David "Bud" Perry as they navigate unemployment, grief, violence, first love, fatherhood and estrangement from family members and mentors, all while trying to define their identities as adults. The film's three subjects will be present at the screening along with Byrne, producer Ian Kibbe, cinematographer Jon Stuyvesant and editor Leslie Simmer.
Tickets for the Sarasota Film Festival can be purchased now. Follow the link below.
Tickets for Full Frame Documentary Festival go on sale April 1. Follow the link below.
For more information, please view our press release.
American Promise is one of five recipients of the Britdoc Impact Award which recognizes documentary films "that have made the greatest impact on society." Each filmmaking team receives $15,000 to "recognize their achievements and continue their campaigns." In particular, American Promise is being recognized for using "...an ambitious traditional theatrical release in over 60 cities to build a national platform for building awareness, dialogue, and action around issues of black male achievement and educational equity, effectively using a traditional theatrical release as an outreach vehicle."
American Promise follows two middle class black families over thirteen years as they navigate the ups and downs of parenting and educating their sons. Beti Films' Margaret Byrne and Jon Stuyvesant served as a cinematographers on the project. Byrne also served as an editor.
You can read more about the outreach campaign for American Promise here.
Britdoc Impcact Award | American Promise