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Exposed : the Race Against TB

March 20, 2013
film series supported by nonprofit Aeras

Tuberculosis is not an ancient disease; in fact, multi-drug resistant TB is on the rise across the world. As an airborne disease, anyone is at risk.

This is the trailer for a four-part series on TB, supported by nonprofit and biotech Aeras.

Watch all the films at aeras.org/exposed.

films and trailer directed + produced by: Mo Scarpelli
co-produced by: Jamie Rosen and the Aeras staff
executive producer: Kari Stoever
shot by: Mo Scarpelli, Reuben Hernandez, Chetan Patel
sound recording by: Sean Clauson, David Stevens, Paul Schmitz
sound design + score by: Doug Kaufman
color grading by: Chetan Patel
titles by: Drew Jordan
edited by: Mo Scarpelli

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Myama Against the Odds

January 2013
independent film

West Africa had a nasty cholera epidemic during the summer of 2012; their worst in nearly two decades. Freetown, the capitol city and bustling port of Sierra Leone, was affected the worst. I shot and edited this short story about a cholera survivor in Mabella slum, one of the hardest-hit areas of the city.

shot + produced by: Mo Scarpelli

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Art Challenges on the Streets of Kabul

Nov. 24, 2012
BBC News

In the fall of 2012, a pop-up photography exhibition called ‘Streets of Afghanistan’ took to public areas of Kabul, using art to inspire and provoke perceptions in a war zone. Exhibition director Shannon Galpin hoped to challenge how Afghanistan is represented both to the outside world, and within the country’s borders.

This story was reported exclusively for BBC News.

shot by: Mo Scarpelli, Allie Bombach
reported + edited by: Mo Scarpelli

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In The Rough

February 2013
END7

Diamond miners in rural Sierra Leone already face the grim prospects of scarcely finding a stone. On top of this, their standing in freshwater for hours each day makes them a sure bet for contracting Schistosomaosis, a worm that buries into the skin and breeds in the intestines. I directed, shot and edited this short film about a diamond miner, his family, and a health care worker fighting Schisto in her small mining village in Sierra Leone’s countryside.

directed + produced by: Mo Scarpelli
co-produced by: END7 staff with the help of Helen Keller International

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Nutrition, Education and Dreams

Sept 12, 2012
Future Fortified

Future Fortified sponsored children’s author Dallas Clayton’s book tour in 2012. We used the tour’s footage to tell the story of how nutrition is crucial to supporting and developing the world’s next generation of dreamers.

shot by: TaskForce
written by: Mo Scarpelli
edited by: Mo Scarpelli

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Ending an Epidemic: Sierra Leone’s final Push Against Cholera

Sept 12, 2012
Future Fortified

Sierra Leone makes the final push against Africa’s worst cholera epidemic in 15 years, using community-level workers to find any remaining cases.

This story was published with Africa Review on Oct. 10, 2012.

reported, shot and edited by: Mo Scarpelli

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Occupy Wall Street in Spring Training

April 13, 2012
Huffington Post, Gothamist

Occupy Wall Street bounces back after a sleepy 2011 winter with Spring Training, hoping to unite and better organize supporters by their next major campaign push, which is May 1. Watch the video to learn about the group’s new techniques and get a glimpse of their protest march on April 13, 2012.

This story was published on Gothamist here and The Huffington Post here.

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KEEP THE GIRLS IN SCHOOL

Aug. 2011
charity: water

Khadija’s story is just one example of how water and sanitation projects at schools can make kids at these schools healthier, more prepared to learn — and even safer.

Read and watch the whole story on charity: water’s blog here >

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BIRTHDAYS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD // WORLD WATER DAY 2012

March 2012
charity: water

More than 11,000 people pledged their birthdays in the week following World Water Day 2012 to help bring clean water to people in developing countries.

See where this video was used here >

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CHARITY: WATER 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW

Jan. 2012
charity: water

A mashup of what 2011 was for charity: water. This video was screened at charity: ball 2011 and took over charity: water’s homepage for the end of December and January 2012.

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CHARITY: WATER TURNS FIVE YEARS OLD.

Sept. 2011
charity: water

I produced 250 videos with the charity: water staff saying THANKS to amazing fundraisers who have joined the charity: water mission.

See all of them on the charity: water thanks YouTube channel here >

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2010 SEPTEMBER CAMPAIGN

September 2010
charity: water

Videos shot by Paul Pryor, Upstream Visual.

I produced three of the six supporting videos and four Bayaka shorts for charity: water’s 2010 September Campaign.

See the whole story here > charitywater.org/september

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REUNITING WITH JEAN BOSCO

April 2010
charity: water

The charity: water team took photographer Esther Havens back to Murinja Village, Rwanda, to find a boy whose story has crossed the world to raise money for water projects.

His name is Jean Bosco. He’s 17 years old and used to collect water every day from a muddy swamp. Now, he and the hundreds in his village drink from a charity: water well.

Just two years of clean water had transformed this village. Jean Bosco and his friends told us they don’t get sick like they used to. Elders explained the hope they had for the future, with less diseases. Women told us they could feel clean for the first time.

Read the whole story here >

Music by Josh Ralph.

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KIDS FIND HOPE IN COLONY SOUTH

Experience Mission, Inc.
Nov. 18, 2008

This was published, along with a related article, on experiencemissionnews.com.

Colony South Trailer Park serves as a hideout for legal and illegal immigrants in Atlanta, according to local volunteers. The residents of “Jonesboro,” a community off Jonesboro Road, lack resources and what many Americans consider basic necessities (running water, toilets, etc.). The children here nevertheless offer resilient hope for their futures. Every summer, the Salvation Army Lakewood Corps and Experience Mission, Inc. team up to bring these children a little more than what the confines of their trailer park can.

I produced this video on internship with Experience Mission, Inc., a nonprofit volunteer organization. I reported for EM for six weeks, writing stories, shooting and producing videos, and taking photos.

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BOB’S HOUSE

April 2008
independent documentary project

Bob’s House was my first independent documentary, filmed and produced in Columbia, Missouri.

Columbia residents traveling south of town wonder about an eerie glow in the woods near the road. But all they have to do is walk a few yards into the woods to find a friendly team of vagrants, squatting on unclaimed land, smoking cigarettes and cooking canned chili over a propane heater. Bob and Charley don’t have a plan for life, and they’re fine with that for now, they say. This is a peek into their lives as the mysterious drive-by glimpses on Providence Road.