Reviews and Interviews
"Touching and very personal."
Neil Genzlinger - The New York Times
"Fascinating. Takes you into territories that you might not have visited before.
Jennifer Merin - About.com
"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 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."
"An effective portrait of both the artistic process and family relationships.
Highly recommended!" ☆ ☆ ☆ 1/2
"McIver is a pure, effervescent delight!"
"An incredibly honest and intimate portrait of two systers vying for their own independence, whether they know it or not. From the very beginning, the film grips you."
Melissa Hanson - Movie Buzzers
Wilson Morales - Blackfilm.com
"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 Film Festival
"Patient and graceful. Scenes range from the monumental to the mundane. Beverly assumes the role of caretaker with a mix of love, frustration, honesty, lonliness and vigor."
Sarah Kricheff - Artinfo.com
"A powerful new documentary."
Noah Wunsch - New York Press
"At once intimate and detached, observational and interactive, these relationships [between Bevery, Renee and the filmmakers] turn into a series of questions in the film, concerning the ways portraits can reveal and also reframe artists and subjects."
Cynthia Fuchs - Popmatters.com
"A compelling portrait of the difficulties and pleasures of siblings, one of whom is mentally disabled."
Tarice Gray - The Defenders Online
"Simply an incredible film. Subject, cinematography, story, editing and pace are superb. Ascher and Jordan have developed a sophisticated shooting approach and masterful editing strategy. The film tells a compelling story that is a testament to the importance -- and drama -- of daily life. This is truly documentary filmmaking at its finest."
Tom Debiaso - Minneapolis Film Festival
Professor, former Dean, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
ON-AIR and PRINT INTERVIEWS
New York Times - feature piece on the film
Q104.3 - SUNDAYS WITH SHELLI
"The Week Ahead" and "What's on Today"
The New York Times
New York Post
New York Observer
Stage and Screen
South Coast Today
Sibling Leadership Network
Tiny Mix Tapes