RAKE FILMS produces non-fiction cinema.
We observe the world, seek poetry in it, make movies out of it.
MO SCARPELLI // Director + Director of Photography
Mo is a non-fiction Director and Cinematographer whose curiosity of humans and underexposed spaces has led her to film and photograph in 20+ countries.
Mo's debut feature-length film FRAME BY FRAME had its world premiere in 2015 at SXSW Film Festival before screening at Hot Docs, AFI DOCS, BFI London Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival and 60+ others around the world. The film has garnered more than a dozen jury and audience awards as well as a Cinema Eye Honors nomination, and continues to show in theaters and festivals, with a digital and TV release coming soon.
Mo is a recipient of the Speranza Foundation Female Filmmaker Award, the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision (Seattle Intl Film Festival), and the Reel Women Direct Prize (Cleveland Intl Film Festival). She's an IWMF Fellow and a recipient of the Catapult Film Fund Grant for her latest feature-length doc, set in Ethiopia.
Connect with Mo : @moscarpelli
CAITLIN MAE BURKE // Producer
Caitlin Mae Burke is an Emmy-winning producer. She has produced and directed television series for Sundance Channel, Oprah Winfrey Network, Discovery ID, Discovery Health, TLC, CNBC, YouTube, and ESPN. The feature length documentary films she has produced/co-produced have screened at Sundance, Tribeca, Rotterdam, True/False, DOC NYC, AFIDOCS, Camden International Film Festival, CPH:DOX, RIDM and BAMcinemaFest, and broadcast on ESPN and ABC.
Caitlin produced NUTS! (dir. Penny Lane, Sundance 2016) which received a Special Jury Prize at Sundance, and has been nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award and Cinema Eye Honors. She produced OBIT (dir. Vanessa Gould, Tribeca 2016), one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Top Ten Films of 2017” currently in theaters, distributed by Kino Lorber. Caitlin has also produced WE COULD BE KING (Tribeca 2014) which received a 2015 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Documentary, SEX AND BROADCASTING (DOC NYC 2014), and she co-produced APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT (True/False 2014) which won the Emerging Cinematic Vision Award at CIFF 2014, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the Gotham Awards, Best Debut Feature at the 2015 Cinema Eye Honors, and the 2015 Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award. Learn more about Caitlin's films here >
Connect with Caitlin: @caitlinmae
ABBEY REZNICEK // Post-Production Assistant
Abbey Reznicek loves the blood, sweat and euphoria of the documentary post-production process. She's a senior at the Murray Center for Documentary Film at the University of Missouri-Columbia, working towards a dual major in Documentary Filmmaking and Film Production. She also has a minor in Multicultural Studies and aims to use her experience to fight for equality.
While assisting with Rake's editing, Abbey also works as a commercial photographer, interns for THE S WORD, a documentary that is shattering the silence around suicide, and is shooting and directing her own non-fiction film about a woman bridging mankind to the paranormal in Sedona, Arizona. All while in school. Basically, she's very busy.
JAAD ASANTE // Production Assistant
Jaad Asante is a documentarian with a passion for people and their passions; her work often focuses on dancers and other athletes and the rigors of their craft. She is currently an MFA candidate studying at Temple University's Film and Media Arts program. When she isn't making documentaries or dance films, she enjoys working on productions alongside exceptional storytellers. When Jaad isn’t masterminding a project in Premiere, she’s usually riding her bike, dancing or reading in the park.
Jaad is currently in production on her thesis film, an observational exploration of a primarily African-American ballet company. Take a peek here >
Follow Jaad on Insta here: @jaadwashere
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