Reel Witness is committed to creating a more resilient future by telling powerful stories of social change in our communities.
Reel Witness has just finished their short documentary, Little Rebel (watch here), with a longer format film in tandem, about Isatou Jallow — a remarkable West African woman from The Gambia, and now Seattle resident. Since seeking asylum in the USA (2012), Isatou has pursued graduate degrees at the University Washington/UW Law School while she continuously advocates for women, asylees/refugees and people with disabilities.
The dimensions of Isatou’s epic journey—from her origins and physical hardships to scholarship, becoming a lawyer and leader, demonstrating an ultimate resiliency and altruism with a vision for Gambian children with disabilities— are deeply human, harrowing, transcendent, tenacious…and part of the American immigrant story.
In January 2018, RW will follow and document as Isatou returns to Africa to establish her non-profit, Neneh Bah —with its mission of creating access to education for all young children with disabilities in The Gambia.
3 JUNE 2017 | Reel Witness was very humbled and honored to receive an NW Emmy nomination for their short documentary PRESENT MOMENT this spring; the awards ceremony was held in Seattle in June.
29 JUNE 2017 | Our NEW short documentary, Little Rebel, premieres on World Refugee Day at the 'Taste of the World' event hosted by Refugees NW in Seattle. This was a sold out event but please join us for another opportunity to view 'Little Rebel' later this fall.
14 August 2017 | New interview with Directed by Women -- READ HERE
1 NOVEMBER 2017 | We are grateful to have Thriving Communities Founder, Jerry Millhon, hosting a fundraiser to expand our short film Little Rebel, into a longer version. Event to be held at WICA, on Whidbey Island. Contact WICA for more information.
Tax-deductible donations can be given towards our feature documentary Little Rebel, at anytime through our fiscal sponsor, NW Film Forum. Please donate online or mail a check to NWFF at 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (note Little Rebel on your check’s memo line). Thank you for your support and belief in independent filmmaking and the power of story to transform lives & create action.
REEL WITNESS PRODUCTIONS
Aimie Vallat and Noah Dassel co-founded Reel Witness to highlight the important work of non-profits and foundations in our local northwest communities. RW has produced a variety of advocacy pieces over the years — addressing a myriad of timely issues, from homelessness to end of life care, to land trusts and refugees’ stories, and more.
In 2015, RW debuted their first independent short documentary: PRESENT MOMENT, which was embraced by The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation and went on to screen at 25 film festivals worldwide, earning five awards. PRESENT MOMENT was hand-selected to broadcast in the KCTS9-PBS Reel NW Series; and in the spring of 2017, accolades continued with the filmmakers receiving an Emmy Award nomination.
With the film’s momentum, RW decided to focus exclusively on documentaries and expanded their crew to include Director of Photography, Guido Ronge. With 25 years experience in the film industry, Guido brings a global perspective to RW's storytelling.
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
I was born in Southern Germany and developed a love of travel at a very early age. I've had the opportunity to work with many great still photographers, documentary film makers, and television stations before relocating to Seattle in 1995. Since then I've worked as a camera technician, camera assistant and then made the transition to working as a DP for many commercials, documentaries, and corporate films all over the world. For more information about my other film projects, visit my site.