June 20, 2017 4:38 pm
Raising Bertie, the debut feature by director Margaret Byrne has earned an extended run at the Studio Movie Grill Chatham in Chicago, following a successful opening weekend including two dynamic Q&A's. Tonight following the film's 7PM screening, director Margaret Byrne and Ian Kibbe will participate in a post-screening discussion with representatives of Organizing For Action Illinois.
The film will play at the theater until June 29. Purchase tickets here.
Find a full list of screenings of Raising Bertie during its nationwide theatrical run here.
The film earned critical acclaim ahead of its Chicago, Houston and San Francisco theatrical openings last Friday––garnering positive reviews in the Chicago Sun-Times and The Village Voice.
Byrne and Kibbe were also featured on WBEZ Morning Shift and Fox 32 Chicago.
"Byrne, who followed her subjects over a six-year period, powerfully drives home what is obvious and yet what most of us fail to see: Bertie County is America. It's Chicago. It's Detroit. It's Los Angeles. It's a portrait of communities and families striving to do right by their kids, but where schools and lack of job programs fail to meet communities' most desperate needs." –Miriam Di Nunzio, The Chicago Sun-Times
"The film's shape, at last, is that of life, of young men trying out selves but ultimately growing into who they always were at the start. Byrne captures, with exquisite attentiveness, the hard work of being your own role model." –Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice
This was a great film that made me realize there is SO much I haven't considered about black youth in rural education. See it if you can. https://t.co/ict9ztt2mF
— Eve L. Ewing (@eveewing) June 19, 2017
I'm moderating a Q&A in Chicago this weekend after the screening of Raising Bertie. See this film. It's powerful. And hits close to home. pic.twitter.com/g1ZxwUBk0D
— Evan F. Moore (@evanFmoore) June 15, 2017
The film next opens in Austin, Charlottesville, New Orleans and Los Angeles!