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a film by

Academy Award nominees
JEANNE JORDAN  &  STEVEN ASCHER

The story of acclaimed artist Beverly McIver and her promise to take her sister Renee (who is mentally disabled) when their mother dies — a promise that comes due just as Beverly's career is taking off.

"In a notable fusion of subject and film, the same themes that fuel the artist’s distinguished body of work—race, class, family, disability—propel this cinematic portrait. Both are a testament to the transformative power of art. " -- Full Frame


EMMY NOMINEE!!
Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming!

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BEST DOCUMENTARY
Syracuse Film Festival!

 

Beverly McIver


"McIver is a pure, effervescent delight!"
Slant Magazine


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"The latest documentary from filmmakers Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan again proves the couple’s uncanny ability to mine a situation for endless nuances of behavior and experience."

Ty Burr - Boston Globe

 

Raising Renee - Mammy

"Extraordinary!"
Blackfilm.com

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"Raising Renee will touch many cords
in viewers. It not only speaks to
disabilities and care giving but also
racism, poverty and the cultural
generational shift in families today."

Disaboom

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER
Independent Film Festival Boston!



Beverly McIver and Renee McIver

 

"Fascinating... Takes you into territories that you might not have visited before. Deeply moving."
About.com


"Touching and very personal."
New York Times