November 10, 2014 6:58 am
Upcoming Kartemquin film Raising Bertie is one of just six in-progress documentaries selected for the second Good Pitch Chicago. In Raising Bertie we follow three young men over the course of five years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a small African American-led farming community in North Carolina. Through the intimate portrayal of these young men, we see the issues facing America’s rural youth and the repercussions of a woefully underfunded rural public school system. Their stories shed light on the complex relationships between family, economics and education. Margaret Byrne's film will get the rare and valuable opportunity to conduct a seven-minute pitch to an invited audience of 300 potential funders and community partners on May 5th, 2015 at Thalia Hall in Chicago. The other selected projects were From This Day Forward, Romeo is Bleeding, (T)error, After Newtown, and Almost Sunrise. Good Pitch Chicago is sponsored by Chicago Media Project and co-produced by BritDoc, the Sundance Institute, Ford Foundation, and a Chicago planning team. Since 2008, Good Pitch events across the world have raised over $16,000,000 for documentary films, and sparked over 1,000 community partnerships around those projects. Visit the Good Pitch Chicago website for more details.