Mo Scarpelli is a Director and Cinematographer of non-fiction cinema. Her work explores human 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 over 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.
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 also an International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) reporting fellow.
Mo is commissioned for Directing and Cinematography independently, and through Good Story Films.