RAKE films

RAKE films Rake directs, shoots and edits non-fiction cinema. Get in touch : [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).

IDFA HERE WE COME 🦁🎬❤️Mo Scarpelli + Caitlin Mae Burke to present Anbessa // a movie together, and several of our EU fol...
11/20/2019

IDFA HERE WE COME 🦁🎬❤️
Mo Scarpelli + Caitlin Mae Burke to present Anbessa // a movie together, and several of our EU folks who worked on the film's post will join, too ! Tell all your friends !

FRI 22 Nov at 20:45
SAT 23 Nov at 14:30
SUN 24 Nov at 13:00
FRI 29 Nov at 21:15

https://www.idfa.nl/en/film/e266c2cf-0537-492c-8b93-c91c9d0c5802/anbessa

COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD to head to IDFA 2019 with ANBESSA. Our Dir/Founder Mo Scarpelli + Prod Caitlin Mae Burke to be t...
10/24/2019

COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD to head to IDFA 2019 with ANBESSA. Our Dir/Founder Mo Scarpelli + Prod Caitlin Mae Burke to be there, you cannot miss. Tell all your doc friends in AMS / at IDFA ! 🦁🇪🇹️🎬
https://www.idfa.nl/en/film/e266c2cf-0537-492c-8b93-c91c9d0c5802/anbessa

!!! ✨🎙🦁 We are coming to IDFA ! In Competition for Kids/Youth Docs. This festival was one of the first supporters of ANBESSA ❤️... IDFAcademy in 2016, IDFA Forum in 2017, and now we are thrilled to show in such a competitive section among other beautiful films honoring young perspectives. Dir Mo Scarpelli + Prod Caitlin Mae Burke to be there, come come come ! https://www.idfa.nl/en/film/e266c2cf-0537-492c-8b93-c91c9d0c5802/anbessa

Our Anbessa // a movie at Take One Action Film Festivals in Scotland !
09/26/2019

Our Anbessa // a movie at Take One Action Film Festivals in Scotland !

A lyrical documentary about childhood adventure against the harsh backdrop of developing Ethiopia - Anbessa // a movie is showing IN ONE HOUR at 17:50 at Filmhouse
TICKETS >> bit.ly/TOA_A_Ed #TOAFF19

05/23/2019
Anbessa // a movie

hot out of Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival + The SNF Parkway / Maryland Film Festival recently, we're gonna show Anbessa // a movie a lot more in North America ! Take a look at upcoming screenings across the USA : https://www.facebook.com/pg/anbessafilm/events/

A young lion takes on the modern world, on his own terms, in this poetic hybrid documentary film.
World premiere at the 69th Berlinale (Glashütte Prize nominee)
** Book the film or request a screener for your festival : [email protected].

02/04/2019
Anbessa // a movie

Sneak peek of our feature doc film Anbessa // a movie - which is premiering this weekend at the Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival ! more info here : https://www.berlinale.de/en/programm/berlinale_programm/datenblatt.html?film_id=201911613&fbclid=IwAR06EsPMfC7CyjOUPo8KnnYxFXr4TOPNCkdUylcuMYlJkk2llve9i5uMWO4

ANBESSA will have its world premiere Feb 9 at the Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival, in Berlinale Generation #KPlus Competition, and is in Competition for the Glashütte Documentary Award. More info here : https://bit.ly/2DcqlV1

For now, here's a peek...

our movie ANBESSA is in such good company here ... 2019 is a big year for USA films ! https://filmmakermagazine.com/1066...
01/08/2019
The 50 Most Anticipated American Films of 2019 | Filmmaker Magazine

our movie ANBESSA is in such good company here ... 2019 is a big year for USA films !

https://filmmakermagazine.com/106608-the-50-most-anticipated-films-of-2019/?fbclid=IwAR0_u-G1DfX3fB5CTRyRJAf8_etRA7pNiHlJsCeO3-r26Vg91xV4Qio4xSA

Hello! Happy New Year! The fine folks at Filmmaker have invited me back to put together my (now) annual list of the 50 most anticipated American films of the year. I thought about making the list shorter this time around (because 50 blurbs is really a lot), but believe it or not I had a tough time n...

RAKE films's cover photo
08/06/2018

RAKE films's cover photo

RAKE films's cover photo
08/06/2018

RAKE films's cover photo

05/22/2018
[ still, lives ] beach baby // Tunis, Tunisia

Have you seen our ongoing (until forever) project called [ still, lives ] ? One shot, humans being humans, all over the world. That is all. Simple can be nice, we say.

Watch a bunch on our Vimeo channel here - https://vimeo.com/channels/stillivesfilm

https://vimeo.com/198005997

Tunis, Tunisia // July 2016 [ still, lives ] is a series of micro-observations of humans. see more : https://vimeo.com/channels/stillivesfilm Instagram > @stilllivesfilm Twitter…

Forest thru the trees..."Stories are spotlights... were they to illuminate the whole of the stage evenly they would not ...
05/21/2018

Forest thru the trees...
"Stories are spotlights... were they to illuminate the whole of the stage evenly they would not really be of use... without selection there would be no story."
[ Zygmunt Bauman ]
ANBESSA edit continues !

TGIF 🇪🇹️🦁🎬
04/06/2018

TGIF 🇪🇹️🦁🎬

04/03/2018
The Curse

Blindness as a curse.
Take a look at our short produced for The END Fund in Nigeria.

Cinematography by Mo Scarpelli + Ryan Scafuro​, editing by Lucas Harger, editing assistance from Abbey Reznicek, field support from James Porter and Mitosath staff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_8BCltLZj0

More on river blindness + the END Fund's efforts to eliminate it : https://end.org/ntds-in-focus/river-blindness/

Mathalw has been blinded due to river blindness. Watch his story and help ensure others don't have to needlessly go blind.

HALLO, BRUSSELS. So very excited for our Director Mo Scarpelli to dig into the edit on ANBESSA with the incredible Nico ...
03/30/2018

HALLO, BRUSSELS. So very excited for our Director Mo Scarpelli to dig into the edit on ANBESSA with the incredible Nico Leunen + Thomas Pooters at CZAR Brussels 🙌
Humongo thanks to Catapult Film Fund for being the catalyst to our post ... their ongoing support has been so big for this film. Stay tuned for some snippets from the edit room soon ! 🇪🇹️🦁🎬

01/19/2018
EL HARA // trailer

Tonight ! Our NYC premiere of EL HARA Film Society of Lincoln Center...
See you there !
https://www.filmlinc.org/films/nyjff-2018-shorts-program/

EL HARA //
a short documentary film by Mo Scarpelli & Margaux Fitoussi

...
Atlanta Intl Film Festival 2017
Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2017
Washington DC Jewish Film Festival 2017
New York Jewish Film Festival 2018

01/12/2018
Paradise in Addis Ababa

Proud of our intern Abbey Reznicek who edited this shorty on Genet Kebede of Paradise Fashion, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Abbey's wrapping up her time with us and it's been a GIFT to have her on the team this past half year ! Good luck, Abbey !

https://vimeo.com/228095763

A brief profile of Genet Kebede, one of Addis Ababa's most iconic Ethiopian fashion designers. Shot + Produced by : Mo Scarpelli Edited by : Abbey Reznicek Line…

Wellllll, this is nice !"The most eloquent 16 minutes you’ll experience this year belong to Margaux Fitoussi and Mo Scar...
01/12/2018
So What's a Jew? Ask a Film: Checking Out the 27th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival

Wellllll, this is nice !
"The most eloquent 16 minutes you’ll experience this year belong to Margaux Fitoussi and Mo Scarpelli's short El Hara..."
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/so-whats-a-jew-ask-a-film-checking-out-the-27th_us_5a53d236e4b0ee59d41c0d1e

Come watch on Jan 21 at the Walter Reade Theatre / Lincoln Center ! https://www.filmlinc.org/films/nyjff-2018-shorts-program/

In 1623, New York City housed twenty-three Jews. Try forming a minyan back then. By 1750, three hundred were hobnobbing. A century later, 80,000. ...

The NY premiere of our short doc El Hara will be Jan 21 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center! Come one, come all, and m...
12/29/2017

The NY premiere of our short doc El Hara will be Jan 21 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center! Come one, come all, and meet the film's Directors Margaux Fitoussi + Mo Scarpelli.
Sunday Jan 21 at 8:30pm - Walter Reade Theater, NY

OH FUN - we are seeking a new intern for spring 2018 ! Join our team, make stuff !  Please apply, share, tag people, etc...
12/20/2017
RAKE FILMS INTERN - Spring 2018

OH FUN - we are seeking a new intern for spring 2018 ! Join our team, make stuff ! Please apply, share, tag people, etc ...
https://goo.gl/forms/YArZ6560EegTz3rC2

Rake Films is an award-winning production company producing non-fiction films and multimedia stories that connect people, challenge notions and explore perspectives across the world. Take a look at our work here: rakefilms.com We're looking for a driven, sharp, fun-loving intern to join our team in�...

11/08/2017
EL HARA shorts // Dishes of Magic

Nothin' like mom's cooking. While filming El Hara, we stopped into Café Baba to find out the secret behind Tunisian-Jewish cuisine...

https://vimeo.com/221121816

*Produced as an extra for El Hara

This is an extra/behind-the-scenes piece from the production of EL HARA, a documentary short film by Margaux Fitoussi + Mo Scarpelli. See EL HARA in festival near…

11/05/2017
The Collector // EL HARA shorts

"My life's work has been the reconstruction of my community's history." The Jewish neighborhood (the hara) of Tunis has physically disappeared from the city's landscape. But Allali Bernard has collected thousands of images and memorabilia to make sure it is preserved in history, in story, in memory.

https://vimeo.com/235097860

**Produced as an extra for El Hara

This is an extra piece produced while making EL HARA, a documentary short film by Margaux Fitoussi + Mo Scarpelli. See EL HARA in festival near you - http://www.facebook.com/el-hara-film For…

LOOK AT DIS. Our very own intern Abbey Reznicek is knee-deep in her short documentary... which involves aliens and perce...
11/03/2017
Anita Owens - Documentary Short

LOOK AT DIS. Our very own intern Abbey Reznicek is knee-deep in her short documentary... which involves aliens and perception of the world and vast desert skies. Get behind it!
Abbey is a force of nature and you'd be supporting not just her movie, but her as a filmmaker, which is a gift for YOU, and all of us, really.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/anita-owens-documentary-short#/

ANITA OWENS is a documentary short about a woman who sees the world a little differently. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

The Citizen Jane Film Festival is one of our favorites ... and are very honored to show our short doc El Hara there this...
10/26/2017

The Citizen Jane Film Festival is one of our favorites ... and are very honored to show our short doc El Hara there this weekend! Come out and see a ton of films, all directed by female filmmakers, in Columbia, Mo !

Our short El Hara is online to watch through the month of Oct! Take a peek.
10/16/2017
El Hara

Our short El Hara is online to watch through the month of Oct! Take a peek.

Watch EL HARA online! We're pleased to be apart of the Jewish Film Institute's online shorts program for the month of October. Now you can see the film! Take a watch below.

https://medium.com/@jewishfilm/octobers-online-short-el-hara-b1e2adf60017

Thank you again to all our friends / collaborators on this film in big ways and small - including Albert Memmi, Youssef Ben Ismaïl, Allali Bernard, Leila Ben-Gacem, Iva Radivojevic, Doug Kaufman, Emily Rhyne, Stewey Decimal, Chelsea Bond Stuart, David Osit, Elizabeth and Jacques Krief-Manardo, RAKE films' intern Abbey Reznicek, and our fiscal sponsor Katahdin Productions.

09/01/2017

EID MUBARAK!

08/30/2017

SEEKING right away: Arabic translator to work with our English-speaking Director on a documentary film project in Allentown, PA, this Saturday. It's going to be a beautiful day with a beautiful family... Please share! Thanks!

We're in need of an amazing Amharic translator - right away!The job is Aug 21-24. Working from our office in Brooklyn.Pl...
08/14/2017

We're in need of an amazing Amharic translator - right away!
The job is Aug 21-24.
Working from our office in Brooklyn.
Please share with your networks !!
https://goo.gl/forms/5UcCPzPW8zNZ5lNx1

"I didn’t want to become numb to it, and maybe the longer I stayed out there the more numb I would become." — photograph...
07/29/2017
Meet the Photographer Who Captures Drug Addiction With a Compassionate Lens

"I didn’t want to become numb to it, and maybe the longer I stayed out there the more numb I would become." — photographer Jeffrey Richard Stockbridge on stepping back from his work making pictures in Kensington (which we unravel in our short doc SURVIVING KENSINGTON from 2012: https://vimeo.com/76629685)

TIME features Jeff + shares his work : http://time.com/jeffrey-stockbridge-kensington-philadelphia-photographs/

See the powerful photos of a Philadelphia community ravaged by opioids

FILM FRIENDS. We are seeking an Amharic translator based in NY to work with our team ASAP. Perks of the job include a fu...
06/05/2017

FILM FRIENDS. We are seeking an Amharic translator based in NY to work with our team ASAP. Perks of the job include a fun/colorful office made happy by Producer Caitlin Mae Burke, homemade cookies made by our Director Mo Scarpelli, jokes + stretching + dance parties spurred by Jaad Asante... and lots of mitmita :) Spread the word!

Here's the link to apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1axGczekMxguvgvzI0xWUPOwi9nnfldIoPfqnSoFLj_Q

05/29/2017
EL HARA // trailer

How do we escape the places we come from? Maybe we can't. Our short doc EL HARA explores this, and other grapplings of one of the world's premiere thinkers + writers, Albert Memmi. Take a peek, and follow along for our upcoming online release, coming soon.

https://vimeo.com/188352134

Directed by Margaux Fitoussi & Mo Scarpelli Produced by Rake Films Follow along, see the film : http://www.facebook.com/elharafilm

Are you in #Telluride for Mountainfilm? Come see our short EL HARA Sunday afternoon #Mfilm17 : https://www.mountainfilm....
05/27/2017
El Hara

Are you in #Telluride for Mountainfilm? Come see our short EL HARA Sunday afternoon #Mfilm17 : https://www.mountainfilm.org/media/el-hara

One of the joys of attending Mountainfilm is the opportunity to be transported to foreign lands and cultures that most of us are unlikely to ever know in person. In the case of El Hara, the journey is not just geographical and cultural but temporal, too. The film takes us back in time to the Jewish…

El Hara
05/24/2017

El Hara

"I am my city's illegitimate son. The child of a whore of a city whose heart has been divided among all those to whom she has been a slave." // Albert Memmi

Stay tuned for more screenings of EL HARA in festivals + our online release this summer...

04/10/2017

Thanks to Port Townsend Film Festival + Janette Force + Jane Julian + the PTFF team for hosting bringing our short El Hara to such a special community this past weekend.

CoDirector Margaux Fitoussi at the premiere of our short EL HARA...
04/01/2017

CoDirector Margaux Fitoussi at the premiere of our short EL HARA...

El Hara
03/19/2017

El Hara

“Memory tends perhaps to exaggerate the length of this happy period when I was an innocent in a world that I still believed to be innocent. I belonged to my family and to our alley, I lived according to the laws of this world and joyfully accepted its sanctions..." -- excerpt from The Pillar of Salt by Albert Memmi // EL HARA // coming soon

Our short El Hara will have its World Premiere at 41st Annual Atlanta Film Festival on April 1. Get readddyyyy!
03/14/2017

Our short El Hara will have its World Premiere at 41st Annual Atlanta Film Festival on April 1. Get readddyyyy!

We're immediately seeking an Afan Oromo translator... can you spread the word? Please share, and get in touch if you kno...
01/30/2017

We're immediately seeking an Afan Oromo translator... can you spread the word? Please share, and get in touch if you know someone! [email protected] // [email protected]

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