REEL WITNESS is committed to telling powerful stories of change through advocacy and documentary filmmaking
Aimie Vallat and Noah Dassel created Reel Witness to highlight the important work of non-profits and foundations in our local community. Reel Witness has produced many films over the years that range from homelessness, to end of life care, land trusts, food banks, and refugee stories, among many others.
In 2015 Aimie and Noah debuted their first short documentary, PRESENT MOMENT, which went on to screen at 25 film festivals around the world, earning 9 awards, played on PBS, and in spring of 2017, was nominated for an Emmy Award.
From the momentum of PRESENT MOMENT, the company decided to shift their focus to the short documentary format. This also includes expanding the crew to include an experienced documentarian who is also passionate about social change storytelling; the talented DP, Guido Ronge, has now come on board to support our storytelling at Reel Witness.
Currently Guido and Aimie are in production on two short documentaries; the first is about a Gambian woman who shares her story of seeking asylum in Seattle while finishing a double Masters degree at the UW and volunteering as an advocate for other refugee/immigrant women and the disabled. Our second story focuses on the post 3/11 era in Japan and how individuals are coming to terms with those they lost by finding an unusual form of communication to connect with their loved ones and find some healing and solace in their grief.
NOAH DASSEL | DP & Editor
I am a Seattle-based filmmaker and musician with work focused on social justice, education, and healthy communities. Since 2006, I have had the good fortune to work on projects concerning local food, financial literacy for youth, international women's empowerment, social entrepreneurs, and local community health.
I am currently working toward a degree as a Nurse Practitioner and I am excited to combine my storytelling and media skills with my future role as a local and global healthcare provider.
AIMIE VALLAT | Producer & Director
For the past twenty years, I have worked as a social change agent in the non-profit and documentary film sectors. I have focused on issues of sustainability, social justice, and building thriving communities.
My passion as a storyteller is to create films about important social issues while inspiring action, galvanizing change and honoring the courageous voices around us.
Contact Aimie for more information about Reel Witness.
GUIDO RONGE | DP
Guido was born in Southern Germany and developed a love of travel at a very early age. At the age of 14 during a trip to Egypt, he realized he could capture his experiences on film, and a second passion was ignited. Since that time his passion for capturing the true moments of life has continued.
In Germany, Guido had the opportunity to work with many great still photographers, documentary film makers, and television stations before relocating to Seattle, WA in ’95. There he began working as a camera technician, and after two years, he ventured into the freelance world as a camera assistant. After 8 years, he made the transition to working as a DP for many commercials, documentaries, and corporate films all over the world.