RAKE films

RAKE films Rake produces non-fiction and hybrid cinema. We observe the world, seek poetry in it, make movies out of it. Our films include : *EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF | 51° Visions du Réel *ANBESSA | 69° Berlinale *FRAME BY FRAME | SXSW 2015 [email protected]

RAKE FILMS produces non-fiction films and multimedia stories that connect people, challenge notions and observe the human experience. For each project, we bring together a crew of experienced filmmakers, storytellers, reporters and artists to capture the human stories behind a topic, issue, event or person. We try to keep it small, so the stories can be as dynamic and intimate as possible. We work with non-profit and news clients big and small. We shoot everything from simple one-minute vignettes to feature-length films. We have experience filming in (and love working in) diverse and adverse conditions around the world. Want to work with Rake? Email [email protected].

Mission: Cinematic non-fiction filmmaking in the pursuit of truth(s).

wowza 💥 "one of the best documentaries about the power of filmmaking ever made" + tons of insightful reflections on El F...
06/08/2020
Toisto

wowza 💥 "one of the best documentaries about the power of filmmaking ever made" + tons of insightful reflections on El Father Plays Himself from Toisto ...

"While not strictly a documentary about filmmaking, Scarpelli has captured inherent truths about the process so clearly, that EL FATHER should be essential viewing for anyone wanting to become a director. It shows without embellishment or nostalgia the madness, narcissism, and love required to work on an artform that emphasizes the lie to create reality. Naturally, we only see what she wants us to see, but the narrative is still compelling and emotionally honest. Her presence isn’t truly objective — both Roque and Jorge refer to her multiple times during the film — but it allows better than most for us to feel as if we’re experiencing everything as it really happened. And more importantly than the technical side of things, Scarpelli’s interest lies in the subtext of every moment that happens between “action” and “cut.”"

https://toisto.net/2020/06/08/el-father-plays-himself/

EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Our Visions du Réel coverage continues with this stunning portrait of father and son relationships. El Father Plays Himself is one of the best documentaries about the power of filmmaking ever made.

05/21/2020
Watch ANBESSA Online | Vimeo On Demand

After screening on five continents, in 35+ festivals around the world - starting TOMORROW you can see Anbessa // a movie in your living room 🎬✨🏠 if you are in USA + Canada 🇨🇦💕🇺🇸 We made it extraaaa affordable so people from all communities can see it. In presale now, so reserve your seat, and start watching tomorrow ... ! http://www.vimeo.com/ondemand/anbessa

A boy caught between the ancient and the new navigates modernization on his own terms. By becoming a lion (anbessa) he can fight back against the forces outside…

El Father Plays Himself
05/20/2020

El Father Plays Himself

"The film took them across a spectrum (sometimes snapping quickly across that spectrum) of chaos to tender ... that is who we are, what we are capable of — snapping all over the place, being dichotomies and contradictions — when we place ourselves at the center of a mechanism (cinema) which rewards raw emotion." 🇻🇪🎬✨ dir Mo Scarpelli speaks with Italian Cinema Today about making films on family + varying access with father / son + the magic of listening to your film itself 💕
https://italiancinematoday.com/mo-scarpelli

IT IS HERE IT IS HERE !! 🦁✨🇪🇹our lovely Anbessa // a movie launches online TODAY in USA + Canada ! 🇺🇸⚡️🇨🇦We're proud to ...
05/15/2020

IT IS HERE IT IS HERE !! 🦁✨🇪🇹
our lovely Anbessa // a movie launches online TODAY in USA + Canada ! 🇺🇸⚡️🇨🇦
We're proud to have our theatrical premiere with the lovely SNF Parkway Theatre's virtual cinema - which means you can watch from home 🏠 Grab a seat !
https://watch.eventive.org/parkway/play/5ebda3ea079fae0f8460fcfc

🎬⚡️🦁 HERE WE GO USA + CANADA ! 🇺🇸⚡️🇨🇦
Today ANBESSA releases in digital cinemas online !!

Starting with SNF Parkway Theatre / Maryland Film Fest - one of our favorite places in the world to show this film in the cinema, but this time you can watch from your HOME 🏠📽📺🖥

Watch ANBESSA in its digital cinema premiere here :
https://watch.eventive.org/parkway/play/5ebda3ea079fae0f8460fcfc

🦁🎬🌠 Thank you RiverRun International Film Festival for choosing Anbessa // a movie 💕
05/12/2020

🦁🎬🌠 Thank you RiverRun International Film Festival for choosing Anbessa // a movie 💕

💕🦁🎬 ANBESSA received the Jury's Honorable Mention for Best Documentary at RiverRun International Film Festival 🌠 here's the Jury statement : “With sweeping camera work and light-filled frames, Mo Scarpelli's ANBESSA defies the traditional standards of nonfiction narratives. Taking the audience on a magical journey of a young boy’s experience as he deals with the stark reality of displacement, the film is a lesson on the power of imagination. The jury was impressed with the filmmaker’s astute blending of narrative and documentary styles, transporting the viewer in a dreamlike world while remaining grounded in concrete issues of urban development and westernization. We are proud to award ANBESSA an honorable mention award for the film’s unique approach to documentary storytelling.”

While the festival could not take place in person this year, it's still an honor. Thank you River Run Intl FF and hope to see you in person, in the future 💕

05/11/2020
Watch ANBESSA Online | Vimeo On Demand

get ready North America ... Anbessa // a movie is coming 🦁🎬💕 now on presale ! in 1 wk you'll be able to stream the film, reserve a seat now here -
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/anbessa

A boy caught between the ancient and the new navigates modernization on his own terms. By becoming a lion (anbessa) he can fight back against the forces outside…

SEEKING : dreamers in Romeour new audiovisual project explores the dreams of Romans in the last 50 nights. know anyone w...
05/08/2020

SEEKING : dreamers in Rome
our new audiovisual project explores the dreams of Romans in the last 50 nights. know anyone who lives in Rome ?? Please share !

http://www.rakefilms.com/sogni

05/04/2020
EL HARA - watch on Vimeo on Demand

NOW AVAILABLE - watch our short film EL HARA here : https://vimeo.com/ondemand/elhara

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For over 700 years, thousands of Jews lived in El Hara of Tunis. Albert Memmi grew up here. As a Tunisian Jew, he struggled to find his place between the European colonizers and the Muslim colonized. Since then, the neighborhood’s Jewish residents have moved on, but Memmi's memories still dwell here. EL HARA visually drifts through this neighborhood 75 years after his departure, weaving together reflections of one of the world's most important writers on the lasting effects of colonialism, domination, and emigration.

Directed by Margaux Fitoussi & Mo Scarpelli
Produced by Margaux Fitoussi
Cinematography by Mo Scarpelli
Editing by Mo Scarpelli, Iva Radivojevik
A Rake Films production

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+ New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center 2018
+ Atlanta International Film Festival 2017 (Documentary Short Competition)
+ Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2017
+ Washington DC Jewish Film Festival 2017
+ Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival 2017
+ San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2018
+ Citizen Jane Film Festival 2017
+ MountainFilm Telluride Film Festival 2017
+ Woods Hole Film Festival 2017
+ Port Townsend Film Festival 2017
+ Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival 2017
+ Rome Intl Film Festival (GA, USA) 2017

05/04/2020
EL HARA // trailer

**WATCH THE FILM NOW HERE: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/elhara

For over 700 years, thousands of Jews lived in El Hara of Tunis. Albert Memmi grew up here. As a Tunisian Jew, he struggled to find his place between the European colonizers and the Muslim colonized. Since then, the neighborhood’s Jewish residents have moved on, but Memmi's memories still dwell here. EL HARA visually drifts through this neighborhood 75 years after his departure, weaving together reflections of one of the world's most important writers on the lasting effects of colonialism, domination, and emigration.

Directed by Margaux Fitoussi & Mo Scarpelli
Produced by Margaux Fitoussi
Cinematography by Mo Scarpelli
Editing by Mo Scarpelli, Iva Radivojevik
A Rake Films production

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+ New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center 2018
+ Atlanta International Film Festival 2017 (Documentary Short Competition)
+ Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2017
+ Washington DC Jewish Film Festival 2017
+ Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival 2017
+ San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2018
+ Citizen Jane Film Festival 2017
+ MountainFilm Telluride Film Festival 2017
+ Woods Hole Film Festival 2017
+ Port Townsend Film Festival 2017
+ Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival 2017
+ Rome Intl Film Festival (GA, USA) 2017

05/04/2020
Watch EL HARA Online | Vimeo On Demand

💥 TODAY our short El Hara launches on Vimeo on Demand ! We made it really affordable so most everyone can watch 💕 for the price of a coffee, watch a short movie instead - here : https://vimeo.com/ondemand/elhara?fbclid=IwAR1Rhc9TQNUahES2SMoVZM68j6qvenNOA7e7rkuMAbw7EGhKPG-gcrkk3TU

For over 700 years, thousands of Jews lived in El Hara of Tunis. Albert Memmi grew up here. As a Tunisian Jew, he struggled to find his place between the European…

our El Father Plays Himself received a Special Mention by the Jury for International Feature Competition at Visions du R...
05/04/2020
Visions du Reel Festival Prizes: ‘Puntasacra,’ ‘The Other One,’ ‘Sapelo’ Take Top Prizes

our El Father Plays Himself received a Special Mention by the Jury for International Feature Competition at Visions du Réel !! 🤩 what a premiere week it has been !

Did you miss the chance to watch EL FATHER ? follow El Father Plays Himself to see where you can next watch it 💥

https://variety.com/2020/film/festivals/visions-du-reel-prizes-puntasacra-other-one-sapelo-triumph-1234596656/?fbclid=IwAR2WbxrBonPRzaHNspBsL3JpmoXiPX9H25-M0mEIbQoSC49pmX8z8zdOMFg

Congrats team !! 💕

Francesca Mazzoleni’s “Puntasacra,” Francisco Bermejo’s “The Other One” and Nick Brandestini’s “Sapelo” scooped the top prizes in the three major sections at Switzerland’s Visions du Réel prize cer…

05/02/2020
El Father Plays Himself

El Father Plays Himself

What a premiere week ... !

While it has been strange + estranging to premiere EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF online, it has nonetheless been an incredible week of launching the film with Visions du Réel 2020 | 51e édition.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the filmmakers + programmers + audience members who made this special festival continue this year in a new form. Brave people, brave films, a brave new world. We are really grateful to those who decided to move forward despite all the uncertainty. We can still find ways to celebrate :)

so proud our El Father Plays Himself has sold out Visions du Réel 2020 | 51e édition ... keep in touch so we can show yo...
04/29/2020

so proud our El Father Plays Himself has sold out Visions du Réel 2020 | 51e édition ... keep in touch so we can show you how to see the film again soon ⚡️⚡️⚡️

new poster ! 🇻🇪🌴🎬
gracias a TRES for further work + beauty ... !
Today EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF *sold out* on Visions du Réel 2020 | 51e édition ! thank you to all who got to see the film. To those who haven't yet - we have festivals coming up - some which are online - so follow us here on Facebook to see where/how you can next watch the film. 🌴🇻🇪⚡️

Want to know where + how to see our finished work ? we send out email updates whenever on our finished films releases, a...
04/28/2020
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Want to know where + how to see our finished work ? we send out email updates whenever on our finished films releases, and nothing else ( no recipes, no self-congrats, no clutter - just info on how to watch our stuff ). Sign up here ! 🎬💥🎬

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We don't send too many and we keep them short, simply to share our work. We make independent movies, so the films' releases can vary on platforms and regions. This is the best way to keep up with how and where you can see our films.

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04/28/2020

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04/28/2020
EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF // trailer

premiering NOW until May 2
at Visions du Réel 2020 | 51e édition
** watch the film : https://www.visionsdureel.ch/2020/film/el-father-plays-himself

EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF
( EL FATHER COMO SÍ MISMO )
105 min | Venezuela, UK, Italy, USA

Directed by Mo Scarpellielli
Featuring Jorge Thielen Armand, JorgeRoque Thielen Hedderich
Produced by Manon Ardisson, Rodrigo Michelangeli
Cinematography by Mo Scarpelli
Editing by Juan Soto
Sound Design by Roberta Ainstein

A @RAKE films, ARDIMAGES UK, La Faena Films
in association with Channel 6 Media, FeverFilm, TRES

Trailer by TRES + RAKE films

Variety with the exclusive release of El Father Plays Himself trailer, hot off the presses ... 🔥🔥🔥 And Dir. Mo Scarpelli...
04/23/2020
‘El Father Plays Himself’ Trailer Bows for Visions Du Réel Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety with the exclusive release of El Father Plays Himself trailer, hot off the presses ... 🔥🔥🔥 And Dir. Mo Scarpelli shares a bit of her process, too. Take a watch + read !

Terrific work, team 🙌 Proud to work with La Faena Films TRES Luis Guerrero Joe Torres Ardimages Manon Ardisson Rodrigo Michelangeli FeverFilm Bart van den Broek Juan Soto Roberta Ainstein 💞

And happy St George's Day to the men this is about, two brave Georges - Jorge Thielen Armand JorgeRoque Thielen Hedderich... !

https://variety.com/2020/film/news/el-father-plays-himself-trailer-bows-visions-du-reel-premiere-1234588298/?fbclid=IwAR3ie-qwRYCHwW1Q2BBlOWalPk4l_rzSl6SYr94sPceW6-it72FMPr-gSas

Premiering worldwide at Visions de Réel and looking for wider distribution, Mo Scarpelli’s “El Father Plays Himself” will stream April 25 to May 2 to a limited audience of 500 as the Swiss festival…

WAHOO Visions du Réel 2020 | 51e édition has officially kicked off !  🎬🎬🎬  Right now, watch films from the national, med...
04/17/2020
Visions du Réel | Home

WAHOO Visions du Réel 2020 | 51e édition has officially kicked off ! 🎬🎬🎬 Right now, watch films from the national, med length, shorts and Opening Scenes competitions starting today for a whole week -
https://online.visionsdureel.ch/
Then International Competition films - including our very own El Father Plays Himself - starting 25 April !! ✨✨✨

excited to "come back" to Ashland Independent Film Festival with Anbessa // a movie, though this time it will be virtual...
04/02/2020

excited to "come back" to Ashland Independent Film Festival with Anbessa // a movie, though this time it will be virtually 🤓 mark your calendars for May 22 - June 14 as the time to see ANBESSA online, from anywhere, during the festival ! 🎬✨🦁

🍿The 19th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival has gone VIRTUAL!

AIFF is working with Film Festival Flix to launch a three week online film festival that will run from May 22 - June 14. We're bringing premier independent programming right to your home!

The AIFF Virtual Festival will be accessible via your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku, or Apple TV - so you will have control over how and when you want to watch!

Learn more at www.ashlandfilm.org

03/25/2020
El Father Plays Himself

sneak peek of our new film El Father Plays Himself by Mo Scarpelli, coming soon to Visions du Réel 2020 | 51e édition in April ! ✨🇻🇪🎬

a little sneak peek ...
coming soon to Visions du Réel 2020 | 51e édition !

EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF
a film by Mo Scarpelli

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camera & direction by Mo Scarpelli
produced by Manon Ardisson
editing by Juan Soto
a RAKE films + ARDIMAGES UK + La Faena Films production

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https://rakefilms.com/father

03/22/2020
EL HARA // English subtitles

friends ! in the spirit of filmmakers sharing their work online for free during the Coronavirus quarantines, we are happy to follow suite with our short El Hara, now available to watch on Vimeo in any territory.

EL HARA
dir by Margaux Fitoussi + Mo Scarpelli
One man's break with the neighborhood of his youth, the now disappeared Jewish quarter of Tunis, stems a haunting forever of identity.

https://vimeo.com/208701386

Directed by Margaux Fitoussi & Mo Scarpelli Produced by Rake Films Cinematography : Mo Scarpelli Editing : Mo Scarpelli, Iva Radivojevik // + New York Jewish…

watch our short film with The New Yorker about what quarantine feels + sounds like in #Roma 😷 by Mo Scarpellihttps://www...
03/20/2020
Rome, Closed City

watch our short film with The New Yorker about what quarantine feels + sounds like in #Roma 😷 by Mo Scarpelli

https://www.newyorker.com/video/watch/rome-closed-city

grazie Lorenzo Signoretti for translation
Jorge Thielen Armand for title idea

Scenes from a day of weirdness in quarantine as Romans socially distance to avoid spreading the coronavirus.

03/10/2020
Visions du Réel

✨✨✨ our latest movie El Father Plays Himself — a tale of father and/versus son as they make their movie in the Amazon jungle in Venezuela — will premiere at Visions du Réel in international competition ✨✨✨
Follow El Father Plays Himself for all the latest + greatest but we'll be proudly posting here too of course... we love this movie 🎬🌴🇻🇪

Dir by Mo Scarpelli
Featuring JorgeRoque Thielen Hedderich + Jorge Thielen Armand
Prod by Manon Ardisson
Edited by Juan Soto
... more soon !

The Programme Preview & Festival Trailer of Visions du Réel 2020 | 51e édition are online!
> bit.ly/VdR2020–ProgrammePreview
> youtu.be/cW24CTht2vw

Application for accreditation is now available.
> bit.ly/VdR2020–Accreditation

Visions du Réel 2020 | 51e édition
Édition en ligne | Online Edition
17.4–2.5.2020
www.visionsdureel.ch
#VdR2020

Extract: "A Thousand-Year Stage", Daphne Xu, 2020

ALL THE COUNTRIES 🇬🇷🇨🇴🇮🇸🇺🇦🇺🇸ALL THE CHANCES to see Anbessa // a movie ... check these out !!Thessaloniki International F...
03/03/2020

ALL THE COUNTRIES 🇬🇷🇨🇴🇮🇸🇺🇦🇺🇸
ALL THE CHANCES to see Anbessa // a movie ...
check these out !!
Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias, Docudays Ua, Stockfish - Film Festival & Industry Days, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Ashland Independent Film Festival ... more more more

SO MANY CHANCES to see ANBESSA in the next 2 months ! 🦁⚡️🎥 we are screening on three continents in the following cities below. Please tag / share with your friends who may be in these places !!

🇬🇷 Thessaloniki International Film Festival from 5-15 March ** now postponed, stay tuned for later dates
🇺🇸 Utah Film Center's #TumbleweedsFilmFestival in Salt Lake City on 11 March
🇮🇸 Stockfish - Film Festival & Industry Days in Reykjavik, Iceland from 12-22 March
🇨🇴 Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias on 12, 14 and 16 March in #Cartagena #Colombia
🇺🇸 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital in #WashingtonDC on 16 March **now canceled, stay tuned for new DC screening dates
🇺🇦 Docudays Ua in Kyiv, Ukraine from 20-29 March
🇸🇮 Pripovedovalski festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 22-31 March
🇺🇸 Cleveland International Film Festival on 29 and 30 March
🇺🇸 RiverRun International Film Festival from 26 March-5 April in #NorthCarolina
🇺🇸 Cine Culture at Fresno State University on March 27
🇺🇸 University of Florida on March 31
🇺🇸 Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at University of Missouri on April 2
🇺🇸 አፈታሪክ (Afetarik) special community screening in #WashingtonDC on 12 April
🇺🇸 Ashland Independent Film Festival from 16-20 April

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