RAKE FILMS produces non-fiction cinema. 

We observe the world, seek poetry in it, make movies out of it.

RAKE FILMS was founded in 2012 by Italian-American filmmaker Mo Scarpelli.

We produce feature-length films, documentary shorts, 
video exhibitions and installations, and promotional videos and campaigns for international brands and non-profits.

Our independent films have screened at major international festivals such as the Berlinale, Visions du Réel, IDFA, SXSW, and more.

Our commercial clients include the Gap, Yahoo!, Google, Isaac Mizrahi, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the END Fund, Aeras, Sabin Vaccine Institute, The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Izumi Foundation, the Luminos Foundation, and more. 

We have also directed, shot and edited pieces for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN’s Great Big Story, the BBC, and Africa Review.


We seek out poetry in the world and the humans within it,
then make movies and short stories out of what we find.

We have experience filming in more than 25 countries,
on projects both big and teeny tiny.
We work on things that we love, with people we love.



hello [at] rakefilms [dot] com

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