REEL WITNESS IS 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 Little Rebel in 2017, a short documentary 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.
Currently RW is promotimg This Being Human — the story of a young man who left everything behind in war-torn Iraq at 16, in a solo quest for a brighter more peaceable future. This Being Human, was released in Spring 2019.