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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 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


BAILEY SYNCLAIRE  //  Producing Intern

Bailey Synclaire believes documentary has the power to give voice to those who are marginalized by society. Focused on all things producing, Bailey keeps her hands in a wide array of projects at once, from her own short docs to feature-length films. She’s also a junior at The Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism (University of Missouri).

When she’s not assisting with Rake’s production team, Bailey is studying, producing student films, and working on her own doc short about refugees seeking asylum in Italy, which is set to film in May 2018. 

Keep up with Bailey : @BaileySynclaire


CASSIDY MINARIK // Post-Production Intern

Cassidy Minarik loves the power of images. A senior at the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism (University of MIssouri), she has also held internships at the Sundance Institute and True/False Film Festival. 

When not shooting or editing, Cassidy loves adventuring outdoors, listening to John Vincent III and just being around good people. She is currently in post-production on her thesis film, a coming-of-age short that explores the places that shape us. Cassidy graduates this spring, and you’ll want to be in touch for when that happens because she’s up for collaborations far and wide.

Follow Cassidy : @cassidyminarik


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