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.
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 30 film festivals around the world.
RW has just finished This Being Human, the 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. This Being Human is now being submitted to film festivals and being used in community events. Please CONTACT US for more information about viewing This Being Human.
AIMIE VALLAT | PRINCIPAL, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR & WRITER
For the past twenty five 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, to exploring thriving communities and organizations across the Pacific Northwest.
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 in 2009. 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. This Being Human was released in spring 2019.
GUIDO RONGE | DP & DIRECTOR
I was born in Southern Germany and developed a love of travel at a very early age. I relocated to the US in 1995 and began my career as a filmmaker starting as a camera technician, camera assistant and then transitioned to working as a Director of Photography. I have had the good fortune of working on a range of productions world wide including; corporate and feature films, commercials and documentaries.
Expanding on my desire to travel the world, I began focusing on cross-cultural work opportunities, like the collaboration with Soulcraft Allstars and EPIC. Seven years ago we started working on a long term documentary exploring the intersection of the local communities in southern Haiti and an endangered bird population, the Black Capped Petrel (Diablotin in Creole), in a film called Save the Devil. Closer to home, I have been excited to team up with Reel Witness to shoot and co-direct a series of films on the refugee / asylum experience. For more information about my other film projects, visit my site.
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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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