COMMITTED TO CREATING A MORE RESILIENT FUTURE BY TELLING POWERFUL STORIES OF SOCIAL CHANGE

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REEL WITNESS launched another short documentary, Little Rebel in 2017, about Isatou Jallow, an asylee from The Gambia. Isatou's epic and surprising path from West Africa humanizes the face of asylum and immigration in the US. Viewers will discover a rare depth of courage, dreams and altruism in the heroine of 'Little Rebel' -- who inspires us to open our hearts and reminds us of the American Dream. Little Rebel has earned multiple awards and screened at 27 film festivals around the world.

Currently RW is filming the life and story of Hameed — a young Muslim man who left everything behind in war-torn Iraq at 16, in a solo quest for a brighter more peaceable future. Hameed’s story will be released in 2019. Please meet our crew for the film below.

CREATIVE TEAM

  AIMIE VALLAT  | PRINCIPAL, PRODUCER, WRITER & DIRECTOR  For the past twenty years, I have worked as a social change agent in the non-profit and documentary film sectors. I’ve always been fascinated about how the human experience shows both our uniqueness and common ground. My interest in storytelling has taken me around the world; from the townships in South Africa, to a youth theater troupe in Serbia and interviewing Holocaust survivors in Poland.  Building on my bachelors degree in Visual Anthropology from Fairhaven College and a Masters in Communication from Antioch University, I created  REEL WITNESS  with Noah Dassel. Together we developed stories about sustainability, food security and our refugee community. We debuted our first documentary in 2015 with Present Moment, and Little Rebel was our first collaboration with Guido Ronge. ‘Human’ is forthcoming in 2019.

AIMIE VALLAT | PRINCIPAL, PRODUCER, WRITER & DIRECTOR

For the past twenty years, I have worked as a social change agent in the non-profit and documentary film sectors. I’ve always been fascinated about how the human experience shows both our uniqueness and common ground. My interest in storytelling has taken me around the world; from the townships in South Africa, to a youth theater troupe in Serbia and interviewing Holocaust survivors in Poland.

Building on my bachelors degree in Visual Anthropology from Fairhaven College and a Masters in Communication from Antioch University, I created REEL WITNESS with Noah Dassel. Together we developed stories about sustainability, food security and our refugee community. We debuted our first documentary in 2015 with Present Moment, and Little Rebel was our first collaboration with Guido Ronge. ‘Human’ is forthcoming in 2019.

  GUIDO RONGE  | DP & DIRECTOR  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 .

GUIDO RONGE | DP & DIRECTOR

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.

  ERIC FRITH  | STORY & FILM EDITOR   Eric Frith ’s films have been acquired for domestic and international distribution by Miramax, Dream Entertainment, Cinema Management Group, Off the Fence, Independent Lens, and American Masters PBS. These works have screened at top festivals including Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), South by Southwest (SXSW), Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), and scores of others around the world. All films combined totaling 18 Best Film/Documentary awards, 12 Audience Awards. For more information about Eric’s work, visit  Byrd Productions.

ERIC FRITH | STORY & FILM EDITOR

Eric Frith’s films have been acquired for domestic and international distribution by Miramax, Dream Entertainment, Cinema Management Group, Off the Fence, Independent Lens, and American Masters PBS. These works have screened at top festivals including Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), South by Southwest (SXSW), Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), and scores of others around the world. All films combined totaling 18 Best Film/Documentary awards, 12 Audience Awards. For more information about Eric’s work, visit Byrd Productions.

  JASON STACZEK  | COMPOSER  Jason Staczek is a composer, producer and Hammond organ player. His scores for the films of director Guy Maddin have been called “swirling and adventurous” and described as “George Crumb meets Ennio Morricone”. Jason has worked with Guy on five films and Roger Ebert called their 2007 collaboration "My Winnipeg" one of the "ten best films of the decade". Jason's most recent work, with director SJ Chiro, "Lane 1974", won the New American Cinema Competition at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.  Jason is a 2012 Sundance Composer Fellow, who has conducted film orchestras on three continents. He works from his studio, the Pumpkin Palace, on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound. There he experiments with the alchemy of music and picture to create emotion, producing, for example, scores written for chainsaw and hammer dulcimer, or tympani, accordion and tuba. His passion is searching for and creating a film's unique musical voice.

JASON STACZEK | COMPOSER

Jason Staczek is a composer, producer and Hammond organ player. His scores for the films of director Guy Maddin have been called “swirling and adventurous” and described as “George Crumb meets Ennio Morricone”. Jason has worked with Guy on five films and Roger Ebert called their 2007 collaboration "My Winnipeg" one of the "ten best films of the decade". Jason's most recent work, with director SJ Chiro, "Lane 1974", won the New American Cinema Competition at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.

Jason is a 2012 Sundance Composer Fellow, who has conducted film orchestras on three continents. He works from his studio, the Pumpkin Palace, on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound. There he experiments with the alchemy of music and picture to create emotion, producing, for example, scores written for chainsaw and hammer dulcimer, or tympani, accordion and tuba. His passion is searching for and creating a film's unique musical voice.

  ANDREA LANGSDORF  | MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS  A Portland native, Andrea joined as an adjunct copywriter & copyeditor for RW starting with  Present Moment . Her background as a creative/editorial writing professional began at Starbucks in 2000, and continued at Getty Images with multiple award-winning campaigns. She now helps small local businesses and individuals conceptualize their company’s image, content and message, in various mediums and formats-- via developing and shaping authentic language, voice and impressions. Using her skills for social justice, resiliency and equity are among her greatest interests.

ANDREA LANGSDORF | MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

A Portland native, Andrea joined as an adjunct copywriter & copyeditor for RW starting with Present Moment. Her background as a creative/editorial writing professional began at Starbucks in 2000, and continued at Getty Images with multiple award-winning campaigns. She now helps small local businesses and individuals conceptualize their company’s image, content and message, in various mediums and formats-- via developing and shaping authentic language, voice and impressions. Using her skills for social justice, resiliency and equity are among her greatest interests.