David “Bud” Perry is a farmer who hopes to someday take over his father’s landscaping business and become his own boss. Growing up in what he refers to as “the hood” of Bertie, he has developed a tough exterior, leading to repeated suspensions for fighting and altercations with authority that threaten to derail his dreams of stability and success as an adult.
“I have never done anything like this and it was a new experience. Sometimes I didn’t want to do it because I wasn’t used to being on camera and I was nervous. Margaret and Jon made me feel comfortable. My favorite moments from the film are from The Hive, graduation, prom, and cutting grass.
I want a lot of kids to see Raising Bertie and see how the Hive started. They will see we live in the country and everybody doesn’t have a lot, but we do our best to have a good community.
I’m a good person and a bad person, but I think people like me overall. They think we are bad, but we ain’t bad we just don’t take no shit.
Ever since I was five or six years old I saw my grandaddy raising hogs, and when I was fourteen I started cutting grass with my daddy. Now I work at Smithfield so I am used to workin’.”