Mo Scarpelli is a Director and Cinematographer of nonfiction cinema. Her work explores identity and the forces that inform, conflict, or construe it.

Mo's debut feature-length documentary FRAME BY FRAME had its World Premiere at SXSW Film Festival 2015 before screening at Hot Docs (Top Ten Audience Favourites), AFI DOCS, BFI London Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary), and 100+ others around the world. The film has garnered more than a dozen jury and audience awards as well as a Cinema Eye Honors nomination, and continues to show in theaters and festivals, with a digital and TV release coming soon.

Her cinematography, short documentaries, photojournalism and writing has been published with The New Yorker, the BBC, CNN's Great Big StoryThe Wall Street JournalThe Guardian and Africa Review.

In 2012, Mo founded Rake Films, a story-driven documentary production company. See Rake's work here >

Before Rake, she spent more than two years directing, shooting, editing and producing media for non-profit organization charity: water. Before that, she managed and produced multimedia stories and reported for The Wall Street Journal. She holds a Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Mo is a recipient of Catapult Film Fund support and has been awarded the Speranza Foundation Female Filmmaker Award, the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision (Seattle Intl Film Festival), and the Reel Women Direct Prize (Cleveland Intl Film Festival). She is also an International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) reporting fellow.

Mo is based in Portland, OR, though is often working in East Africa or Brooklyn, NY.

She's available for freelance Directing and Cinematography both independently, and through Good Story Films

Get in touch to work with Mo, or just to say hello.


Email: mo [at] rakefilms [dot] com
Twitter: @moscarpelli

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