May 4, 2015 3:55 pm
Kartemquin's film Raising Bertie is one of just six in-progress documentaries selected for the second Good Pitch Chicago, which takes place tomorrow at Thalia Hall in 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. Director 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. The other selected projects were From This Day Forward, Romeo is Bleeding, (T)error, After Newtown, and Almost Sunrise. Visit the Good Pitch Chicago website for more details, and take to social media to cheer on #TeamBertie! Raising Bertie producer Ian Kibbe will also be pitching the project and learning from documentary industry luminaries in North Carolina at the Southern Documentary Fund's SDF Artists Convening on Friday May 15 - Sunday May 17. Get more details here. Stay tuned for more great Raising Bertie news soon!