Mo Scarpelli is an Italian-American director and cinematographer of non-fiction cinema.
Mo's debut solo-directed film ANBESSA world premiered at the Berlinale International Film Festival in 2019 (Generations KPlus competition, Glashütte Documentary Prize Nominee), and is currently at festivals.
Her first feature-length documentary FRAME BY FRAME, a codirection, screened in documentary competition at SXSW Film Festival 2015, Hot Docs (Top Ten Audience Favourites), BFI London Film Festival (Grierson Documentary Award nominee), AFI DOCS, Camden International Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary), and 100+ others. The film has garnered more than a dozen jury and audience awards, as well as a Cinema Eye Honors nomination.
Mo is currently in post-production on her latest film, EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF, set in Venezuela.
Mo's cinematography, short documentaries, photojournalism and writing has been published with The New Yorker, the BBC, CNN's Great Big Story, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and Africa Review.
Mo founded Rake Films in 2012. Before Rake, she spent 2+ years directing, shooting and editing media for non-profit organization charity: water. Before that, she 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 selection of Berlinale Talents and is a two-time recipient of Catapult Film Fund support. She has received 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 a 2017-2018 New America Foundation Fellow and an International Women's Media Foundation Fellow.
Mo is commissioned for Directing and Cinematography independently, and through Good Story Films.