ANY GIVEN DAY (in production)
Associate Producer | Assistant Editor
Three people caught in the system:
An inside look at Chicago’s mental health crisis
Currently in production, Margaret Byrne's (RAISING BERTIE, 2016) feature documentary ANY GIVEN DAY examines the systemic roots of the mental health crisis in Chicago and the human impact policies have for those living with mental illness and their families. We intimately follow the lives of Daniel, Angela, and Dimitar, three defendants that pled into the Mental Health Court Program in Cook County, a diversionary probation program that provides court mandated treatment and a chance to expunge your record. Through their stories we also meet Judge Edidin and her mental health court team who work to ensure participants graduate with the treatment and individual support they need to be successful.
RAISING BERTIE (2016)
Raising Bertie is an intimate six year portrait of three African American boys growing into adulthood in rural North Carolina, exploring complex relationships between generational poverty, educational inequity, and race.
Directed by Margaret Byrne
Executive Producer Jermaine Cole
This new six-part digital docu-series explores a community-based attempt to fight violence in Burkina Faso in the Sahel region of West Africa. Each episode profiles a community member in the small town of SAABA: a police officer, a Muslim cleric, a leader of a vigilante security group, a women's activist, and the tribal chief. The final episode follows everyone as they come together to build security and resilience in a community on the border of Boko Haram and ISIS strongholds in West Africa. The series is an honest, authentic, people-centered view of a peace-building effort in an area drawing increasing international attention for its role in combating violent extremism.
LIFE IN STRIDES (2017)
Director of Photography | Editor | Sound Recordist | Associate Producer
Life in Strides tells the story of Jake, a young man with autism, who has become a champion in therapeutic horseback riding. Jake’s mother Joanne has been by his side throughout his riding career, helping her son stay calm on his horse. Now, Jake is put to the test as he enters his most difficult competition yet, where the circumstances are far outside either Jake or Joanne’s control.
THE CELINE ARCHIVE (in post-production)
In 1932, wife, mother, sister, and Filipina American Celine Novarro was buried alive by her community in Northern California. This film digs up her story.