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 Film Festival

Emmy nominee – Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming
Produced in association with HBO Documentary Films

2011, 82 min.

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Raising Renee film

Emmy award nominee

best documentary syracuse film festival

Audience Award Independent Film Festival Boston

Full Frame Film Festival

Minneapolis St. Paul Int. Film Festival - Official Selection

Focus Film Festival

Raising Renee film

“McIver is a pure, effervescent delight!” – Slant Magazine

“Touching and very personal.”
– New York Times

“Fascinating… Takes you into territories that you might not have visited before. Deeply moving.” –


“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.” – Disaboom

Beverly McIver in Raising Renee film

Renee and Beverly McIver in Raising Renee film


Beverly McIver - "Can you hear me scream" in Raising Renee film

Official film site – RAISING RENEE – a film by Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher