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Raising Renee (2011)

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RAISING RENEE begins in 2003 as Beverly McIver is savoring opening night of her first solo art show in New York. An accomplished painter and winner of major awards, her career was ... See full summary »
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Beverly McIver Beverly McIver ... Herself
Renee McIver Renee McIver ... Herself
Roni Bryant Roni Bryant ... Herself
Ethel McIver Ethel McIver ... Herself
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RAISING RENEE begins in 2003 as Beverly McIver is savoring opening night of her first solo art show in New York. An accomplished painter and winner of major awards, her career was skyrocketing. She flew in her mother Ethel, a maid from Greensboro, North Carolina and her sister, Renee, 43 who is mentally disabled and functions at about the level of a third grader. Years before, Beverly had casually promised her mother that she would take Renee when Ethel died, an event that seemed infinitely far off and unlikely to impinge on her life as a single woman, painting and teaching where her work took her. But in 2004, Ethel died suddenly and Beverly's promise was put to the test. RAISING RENEE is the story of a family's remarkable response to being broken apart and rearranged after nearly 50 years. The film explores deep themes of family, race, class and disability through the interplay of painting, cinema and everyday life. Produced and directed by Oscar nominees Jeanne Jordan and Steven ... Written by Steven Ascher & Jeanne Jordan - producers

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Great artist but an even greater story...
18 March 2014 | by Jamie AdamsSee all my reviews

Bev McIver is a gifted and talented artist. She is also an inspiring teacher to her students. However, the most interesting component of this story is the devotion to her family and the special relationship with her sister Renee. This film provides a direct view into the personal life of one of America's great living artists. It is a superb documentary with all the components one would hope for in a film: complex characters, unique story, compelling plot, emotional connection, beautiful images. Highly recommended as one of the better documentaries I have seen in years. Furthermore, it provides great insight into the challenges of living with and caring for an adult person with disabilities. The story ends on a very high note as well, which makes it even more enjoyable a view.


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