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WOMEN’S LEARNING PARTNERSHIP

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Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) is an international non-governmental organization working in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. WLP partners with independent organizations across the Global South and works to train and help women achieve positions of leadership and decision-making in the public sphere.

To support their messaging and campaigns, Rainlake produced the identity video for WLP’s website and also produces an on-going series of half-hour commissioned documentaries on rights-related issues. The films are distributed in over a half dozen languages in 20 countries.

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Rainlake produced the WLP-commissioned documentary It’s Up to Us (30 min), released in June 2020, to present the interconnected threats to human security, including conflict, climate change, pandemics, economic inequality, discriminatory family laws, and gender inequality. Featured speakers share eir insights into how women have been impacted by cross-cutting injustices, and how women’s leadership may help solve the world’s most pressing issues. This video is the trailer for the film.

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Partnering for Change (5 min) is the identity video Rainlake produced for the WLP website to communicate its mission and strategies.

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This excerpt is the final sequence from The Unfinished Journey (26 min), a WLP-commissioned documentary which chronicles the history of the human rights movement for women and explores the need for a holistic understanding of universal human rights. The film presents a compelling case on why human rights should be placed at the center of national and international policy making. It has been screened at the New School in New York City, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and the Global Peace Film Festival.

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IT’S UP TO US is a very brilliant and timely film because it brings out the intersectionality of poverty, inequality, race, gender, being a migrant or refugee, being somebody who’s indigenous, being somebody with disabilities, being on the margins.  And, then, it brings out the intersectionality of the causes as well, which often aren’t brought out together. I’m full of excitement about this film because it has captured a moment.  This is the moment of people power, of “we the peoples”, and we have to do it!

MARY ROBINSON
Former President of Ireland

MOBILITY LAB & ARLINGTON COUNTY COMMUTER SERVICES

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Mobility Lab is a research center and national thought leader in public transportation demand management. Located in Arlington, Virginia, a living laboratory for commuter behavior, Mobility Lab is funded by Arlington County Commuter Services, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. Rainlake was engaged by Mobility Lab to produce a series of social media videos to bring attention to the benefits of proactive transportation demand management. To date, we produced two dozen videos for the group of organizations working on transportation issues for Arlington County Commuter Services.

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Conceived by Rainlake for Mobility Lab, this series of entertaining real life shorts for social media encourages commuters to switch to multimodal options. Here is the pilot episode.

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We also created brief “slice of life” videos we call “iSwitch” shorts, in square and 16:9 format, for social media to support and promote The Switch series. This one features a first-in-the-nation commuter program for teachers.

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Arlington County Commuter Services partners with major employers and commercial/residential buildings to promote multimodal commuting options. Rainlake produced this 5 minute video to celebrate some of the standout stories of the year at the Arlington Transportation Partners annual gala dinner.

I am pleased to offer a strong recommendation for Rainlake. Kim and Kelly are so easy to work with and deliver a great product. The company is responsive, creative collaborators, problem solvers, budget minded, and delivers effective messaging by harnessing real life, authentic human experiences. I brought in Rainlake to work with Mobility Lab (where I was director of research and communications until 2019) to make several short films and then other affiliated groups under the same roof were so impressed that they hired Rainlake as well. In my many years working in communications, Rainlake was the best video firm with which I’ve ever worked.

PAUL MACKIE
Director of Communications
Transportation Research Board
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

SELF EVIDENT MEDIA

Self Evident Media is a digital humanities resource for educators of American history that encourages educators and students to think critically about the role of race and institutional racism throughout United States history. Currently in the beta testing phase, Rainlake is producing all of the video content and promotional media for the Project — highly engaging, multimedia, educational tools that educators, students, and communities can use to critically engage in conversations to understand the histories and the legacies of systemic racism in the United States. By honestly and rigorously studying the history of race in America, students will more fully understand who we are as a country, and how to build a more just society.

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Social Media Crowdfunding Video.

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Full classroom module on Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman’s freedom suit (1781) and the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts.

Full classroom module on Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman’s freedom suit (1781) and the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts.

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Module excerpt on the events of the Red Summer of 1919.

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I cannot recommend the Rainlake team highly enough. I came to them with a vision and an idea and they took the time to really understand what I was looking for and then worked with intentionality to bring the vision to life. At every step of the way they have been responsive and creative, have provided a number of very valuable lenses to look at the work through, and consistently go above and beyond what I expect. They are talented, professional, punctual, focused, brilliant. I could keep listing adjectives all day. I have put my heart and my soul into the work that we are doing at Self-Evident Media and I could not ask for better partners than Rainlake, who have also put their hearts and souls into the work, to bring our vision to the world.

MICHAEL LAWRENCE-RIDDELL
Founder and Executive Producer
Self Evident Media

A remotely-produced “Meet the Team” video created for Last Call Media.

We needed Rainlake’s help to move beyond written words to show who we are and how we think to inspire people to reach out about working with or joining us. We were impressed with how quickly Rainlake was able to dig in and collaborate with our team to surface the authentic heart and personality of LCM. The piece humanizes us and our work by focusing on who we really are as individuals, how we think about our purpose, and how we think about the work we do together. We now have a timeless and multipurpose piece that has stood out as being in a league of its own that we use at conferences, in job posts, and has been a valuable human element in our proposals. People love it.

SEAN EDDINGS
COO
Last Call Media

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We are a full service production company with decades of experience in non-fiction storytelling. From concept generation, to technical and story consultation, field research, production, editorial, and delivery, we help our clients transform ideas into engaging content that proves the brand promise and communicates powerfully to audiences.

Our collaborative and responsive approach, creative use of the latest tech and nimble crews, help us create efficient, client friendly workflow. Our core staff has been together for more than two decades, and we are skilled with long-established remote, cloud-based protocols that allow us to successfully work with our international network of passionate, award-winning non-fiction professionals. The consistent results are truly original works fueled by narratives that uplift, inspire and entertain.

KELLY SHEEHAN: Executive Producer
Kelly is a versatile and creative production executive with over 80 hours of broadcast and film credits.  She caught the storytelling bug at Northwestern University where she directed theater and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in TV and film production.  She’s been in New York ever since, loves working with Kim, and recently started coaching her daughters’ trophy-winning all-girl First Lego League robotics team.

KIM CONNELL: Creative Director, Senior Video Editor
Kim is an award-winning director & editor. She cut her teeth editing on a Steenbeck flatbed at American University between Division 1 basketball games & trips home to Alabama to nurture her southern storytelling roots. Career highlights include sold out premieres at Sundance, Tribeca, Silverdocs & IFC Center, winning her tenth Telly and filming her daughters Maeve & Beatriz growing up.

DEB BERGERON: Director, Head Writer
Accomplished communications pro with a successful track record of crafting key messages and transforming them into creative, compelling programs that get results.

ALEXANDRE ECHEVERRI: Producer, DP, Field Producer (SPANISH SPEAKING)
Alex is a Barcel0na-based, well-travelled, well-connected jack of all trades who thrives on his collaboration with his international network developing stories on set and in the edit room.