May 15, 2014 3:44 pm
Fresh from debuting footage in public for the first time at the Kartemquin Spring Showcase, Raising Bertie has launched a new website. The film is now formally in rough-cut stage, with director Margaret Byrne and editor Leslie Simmer hard at work putting it together, while fundraising continues. Byrne just returned from North Carolina on what may be one of the film's final shoots. It was the high school prom of one of the film's characters, and Margaret and director of photography Jon Stuyvesant were decked out in their finest corsages and boutonnieres. After four years of filming, there are just a couple more shoots this Summer and Fall still ahead on this story of the education of three young men growing up in rural poverty. The beautiful new Raising Bertie website was designed by Jillian Dudziak, with new music from North Carolina native, Eric Andrew Kuhn. The site, in addition to basic info and contact information, features eight new atmospheric video vignettes from around Bertie County. As the film nears completion for 2015, follow progress on facebook, twitter and join their mailing list.