COMMITTED TO CREATING A MORE RESILIENT FUTURE BY TELLING POWERFUL STORIES OF SOCIAL CHANGE
Aimie Vallat and Noah Dassel co-founded REEL WITNESS (RW) 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 went on to screen at 26 film festivals worldwide, earning five awards, selected to broadcast on the KCTS9-PBS Reel NW Series; and in the spring of 2017, the filmmakers, Noah and Aimie, received 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.
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We have had the good fortune to work with excellent clients committed to social justice and sustainable change. These are just a few organizations that we have partnered with; Lutheran Community Services & Refugees NW, Seattle International Foundation, The Whidbey Institute, Sustainable Path Foundation, University District Food Bank, and Thriving Communities. In addition, we've been fortunate to create our own short documentaries highlighting powerful individual voices in our local community.
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Little Rebel 2018 | LR has been officially selected for 27 film festivals throughout the world! Visit our Little Rebel site!
May 2018 | For the win! Little Rebel takes home BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY at the Rainier Independent Film Festival. I was lucky enough to win Best Short Doc two years ago with Present Moment, so Im thrilled to be honored once more. Celebrating below with Festival MC, Warren Etheredge and Festival Founder, Win Wittaker.
May 2018 | Little Rebel wins BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY at the Port Orchard Film Festival!
March 2018 | Isatou travels to Dubai, United Arab Emirates to screen Little Rebel at the World of Women Middle East Film Fair!
February 2018 | ALL GIRLS FILM CHALLENGE. What a thrill to be standing with all these amazing women colleagues in media who are doing incredible work from feature films to animation and beyond. We had the honor of working with high school girls from film programs all over Washington state to talk all things storytelling. A very inspiring day!
November 2017 | Benefit at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) | We are grateful to Thriving Communities Founder, Jerry Millhon, for hosting our first fundraiser for our next film about asylees and refugees. We screened Little Rebel and Isatou shared her powerful story. It was a fantastic evening!
October 2017 | Little Rebel has it's Washington state premiere at Tacoma Film Festival!
Fall 2017 | Aimie Vallat was interviewed in Directed By Women about her work as a storyteller. Read interview HERE