Nonprofit REEL

samasource found me 

Client: Samasource

Samasource approached us to create a commercial that would take fundraising at their annual Give Work Gala to a new level.  Samasource works in the poorest pockets of the globe to seek out people with untapped potential and give them jobs. They wanted to feature their work in the largest slum in the world– Kibera, and pre-selected a character for us to feature. 

The film premiered at the Give Work Gala and raised over $750,000 in a single evening.

 

waiting for mother's day

Client: The International Rescue Committee

The IRC contacted us with a wonderful story that we knew would make a gripping short film. Tha, a Burmese refugee, fled nine years ago with her daughters and resettled in Baltimore. Due to complicated paperwork, Tha's six-year-old son Venson was forced to stay behind in Burma. For nine long years, she has fought tirelessly along with the IRC to bring him to reunite her family. The day finally arrived when he landed in America, and we were there to capture it. 

The video was timed for release on Mother's Day along with a social media push. It was shared across multiple platforms and raised over $200,000 in donations in one day. 

 

we walk together 

Client: L'Arche

Inside a L'Arche house, it feels less like a program and more like a household full of extended family members. Core members (those with disabilities) and assistants (those without disabilities) share meals, walk to work together, laugh at inside jokes, work through conflicts and serve one another with a level of selflessness and gentleness that inspired us. 

Our greatest challenge in filming a L'Arche community was choosing a single storyline, as the homes are bursting with life and stories to tell. 

This film premiered at the annual L'Arche fundraiser in Washington, DC.

 

project rhino 

Client: Calcutta Mercy Hospital

We were approached by Calcutta Mercy Hospital to make two short videos for Project Rhino to raise funds for more schools. They had little direction for us, except that the pieces be short. We wanted the story arcs to be strong, and also wanted to focus on the positives from the program and the hope that Project Rhino has generated.

This is one of the two films we made, and in this scenario,  the father hopes that his son can grow up with more opportunity than he had provided through the education he's receiving through Project Rhino. The father is a rickshaw puller who earns less than a dollar a day. With no money to pay for school fees, many children grow up illiterate. Currently in India, there are more than 5 million children not in school. Clearly, this wasn't a point we needed to make - everyone can get behind educating children. So instead, we decided to make the film about a father's dream for his child.