October 10, 2016 5:00 pm
Raising Bertie Director Margaret Byrne won the 2016 Best First-Time Director award at the Downtown LA Film Festival. It's the third in a streak of honors for Raising Bertie, having won Best Documentary Feature at Atlanta DocuFest and Best Director at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. The film had its sold-out World Premiere at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, its NYC Premiere at the Museum of the Moving Image, its LA Premiere at the Billy Wilder Theater and will have its Chicago Premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival on October 23 at 3:30 PM. Raising Bertie portrays the lives of three boys in rural African American community of Bertie County, North Carolina. Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell face challenges of racism, violence and families breaking apart. The film provides a voice to youth nationwide who suffer from the effects of poverty and educational discrimination. Buy tickets to see the film at CIFF '16 here, and stay tuned for its run at the Gene Siskel Film Center and trailer release!