July 23, 2015 9:49 am
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) yesterday announced selections for their Project Forum at IFP Independent Film Week, running September 20-25, 2015 at Lincoln Center in New York City; as a previously announced selection of the Independent Filmmaker Labs, IFP’s annual yearlong fellowship for first-time feature directors, Kartemquin's in-progress film Raising Bertie will attend. See the full list of films selected for the 2015 IFP Project Forum Slate. Raising Bertie follows 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. So far funding from the film has come from the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Good Pitch. You can support it here. There was more great news for the film's director, Margaret Byrne yesterday. As part of the editing team on American Promise, she received an Emmy nomination. Margaret and Raising Bertie Cinematographer Jon Stuyvesant were also both Directors of Photography on that film. Congratulations!