SELECTED PROJECTS

 

ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO
Episode 208: Say It Ain't So 
Airdate: May 2020

 

Executive Producers: Carina Adly Mackenzie & Chris Hollier

Director: Rachel Raimist

Director of Photography: David Daniel

Episode Editor: Rachel Katz-Overstreet

Tune in Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT staring March 16, 2020.  

Visit ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO on THE CW

GREENLEAF, Episode 402: Did I Lose Your? (Airdate: September 10, 2019)

 

Executive Producers: Oprah Winfrey, Craig Wright & Clement Virgo

Director: Rachel Raimist

Director of Photography: James Chressanthis, ASC, GSC

Episode Editor: Stephen Mark, ACE

The original drama series Greenleaf from award-winning  writer/ producer Craig Wright (Lost,  Six Feet Under, Brothers and Sisters) takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous asthe faithful. Born of the church, the Greenleaf family love and care for each otherbut beneath the surface lies a den of iniquity—greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values that threatens to tear apart

the very core of their faith that holds them together.

Greenleaf stars Merle Dandridge (The Night Shift) as Grace Greenleaf; Keith David (Community) as Bishop James Greenleaf; Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story) as Lady Mae Greenleaf; Kim Hawthorne (Rake) as Kerissa Greenleaf; Lamman Rucker (Meet the Browns) as Jacob Greenleaf;Tye White (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) as Kevin Satterlee; Deborah Joy Winans (Whitney) as Charity Greenleaf; Desiree Ross (Falling Skies) as Sophia; and Oprah Winfrey (Selma) in a recurring role as Mavis McCready.

Tune in Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  Visit GREENLEAF on Oprah.com

MAVERICKS (docu-series)

 

Executive Producers: Michael Michelle & Chris Jenkins

Director: Michael Michelle

Producer: Rachel Raimist

Director of Photography: Christina Voros

Visit Mix66.com for more information on this project

Truth To Power, Episodes 101-106

 

Executive Producers: Keith Clinkscales, Quincy Newell & Mel Capacia Johnson

Show Creators: Soraya Zada & Rachel Raimist

Director: Rachel Raimist

Director of Photography: Alejandro

Truth to Power is a short form, AVOD conversational show hosted by April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite where women have space to speak truth to important contemporary social issues from being Black in Hollywood, the need for mentorship for young women and girls, being entrepreneurial, aging in the entertainment industry and 

Episodes feature Lena Waithe, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Cierra Glaude, LisaRaye McCoy, Elise Neal, Shaun Robinson and Maya Penn. 

Forthcoming on REIGN, a First World Media Company, in 2019

QUEEN SUGAR, Episode 311: Your Passages Have Been Paid (2018)

 

Executive Producers: Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey

Director: Rachel Raimist

Director of Photography: Kira Kelly

Episode Editor: Shoshanah Tanzer

Darla and Ralph Angel undergo a heated mediation, Nova makes a confession, and Charley confronts Micah about the fire.

The contemporary drama Queen Sugar, set in Louisiana, chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings: Nova (Rutina Wesley, True Blood), a worldly-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Unforgettable), the savvy wife and manager of a professionalbasketball star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe, Awkward), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/app/queen-sugar.html#ixzz5Y6jY3oxS

Broadcast on OWN, Distributed by Warner Horizon Television.  #QueenSugar and Visit Queen Sugar on OWN

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Voices of Muslim Women in the US South (2015)

 

Producer: Maha Marouan

Co-Producer: Kyerra Dexter

Director: Rachel Raimist

Director of Photography: Jazz Franklin

Editor: Tiffany Reese

When one thinks of the American Deep South, the images of veiled students strolling campus may be last thing that comes to mind. Through interviews with students and faculty at Alabama, this film examines representations and issues of agency by asking: How do Muslim female students carve a space in a culture that thinks of Muslims as terrorists and Muslim women as backward? In a place where football is the bond that ties all-- beyond religion, culture, race and ethnicity, there nothing more quintessentially Southern than Muslim girls in the stadium in their houndstooth scarfs, waving pompoms shouting "Roll Tide!"

 

Distributed by WOMEN MAKE MOVIES. Purchase the film here: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c927.shtml

AEOLIAN (2014)
 

Producers: Sarah Barry and Rachel Raimist

Directed by Rachel Raimist

Director of Photography: Rachel Raimist

Editor: Rachel Raimist

Aeolian is based on the concepts of organic growth, where organisms tend to take over a space, encroaching on the surroundings, increasing in number. The title means “wind blown” and images of mushroom spores being carried by the wind, or blowing on a dandelion to have the seeds spread to grow new plants elsewhere were also inspirations for group patterns and movements in the choreography. Choreography by Sarah M. Barry.

The Art of Healing (2013)

 

Producers: Rachel Raimist and Branna Burns

Director: Shelby Hadden

Director of Photography: Greg Kubik

Editor: Shelby Hadden

Neurologist Dr. Daniel Potts had studied Alzheimer’s, diagnosed it, and treated it, but nothing could prepare him for his father’s battle with the devastating disease. Inspired by his father’s experience, Daniel created “Art to Life,” an art therapy program in partnership with The University of Alabama. Patients Dot Johnson and Don Wilson work with an art therapist and enjoy the company of students as they reflect on their lives and learn ways to cope with the frustrations brought on by their condition, through the healing of power of art.

 

Awarded:

2014 Best Editing (in Documentary), The Black Warrior Film Festival

2014 Best Cinematography (Documentary), The Black Warrior Film Festival

 

View the full film here: https://vimeo.com/66072132

Art to Life Promo (2012)
 

Producers: Rachel Raimist and Branna Burns

Director: Greg Kubik

Director of Photography: Greg Kubik

Editor: Mick Gormley

 

In 2011 students from the Department of Telecommunication and Film at The University of Alabma, worked with the students in the Honors College seminar "Art to Life," to document the process of doing art therapy with patients with dementia.

 

2012 BEA Video of Excellence, Mixed Video Category

TCF VIDEO CREW AT THE AMP (2011)
 

Producer: Rachel Raimist

Director/Videographer: Carly Palmour

Editor: Carly Palmour

 

Internship Featured in The Tuscaloosa News

PSA: It Takes Less Than U Think (2012)

 

Producers: Rachel Raimist, Matthew Cocozza & Capstone Agency

Director: Shaquille O'Neill

Student Director: Marcus Tortoricci

Director of Photography: Henry Busby

Editors: Hamilton Henson and Micah Russell

The "Less Than U Think" campaign was developed by a team of Communications students at The University of Alabama and implemented under the leadership of their Capstone Agency, a student-run public relations firm on campus.

 

Screened on the Jumobotron at the 2013 Crimson Tide season opener.

Distributed nationally by The Century Council

Gifted: Superstar (2012)

 

Producers: Rachel Raimist, Katie Stewart, Jon Barge

Director: Micah Russell

Director of Photography: Xavier Burgin

Editor: Joe Yardley

Music Video produced by Dr. Raimist and her TCF 444: Producing and Directing Music Video summer 2012 course.

 

2013 BEA Festival of Media Arts Award: 1st Place Music Video Category

Behind-theScenes: Gifted's "Superstar" (2012)

 

Producer: Rachel Raimist

Director: Rachel Raimist

Director of Photography: Doug Dillingham

Editor: Tiffany Reese

Making of Gifted's "Superstar" music video.

 

Published by The Birmingham News and on AL.com

Stories of the Storm (2010)

 

Producer: Rachel Raimist and various segment producers

Director: Rachel Raimist and various segment directors

Director of Photography: Rachel Raimist and various

Editor: Rachel Raimist and various TCF students

On April 27th, 2011 a devastating tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa, not far from the University of Alabama campus. Some of us survived the storm hiding in bathtubs and closets, while others volunteered in the aftermath. But what many of us did almost immediately was film, photograph, and record our experiences. From our footage, we have learned that what we all share in common is being a part of the community recovery and rebuilding process, and that we all gain something powerful from sharing our stories of the storm.

 

This documentary was produced through a collaborative filmmaking effort between a film production professor and her students. It is a collection of short vignettes about survival, relief, recovery, and ethical reflections on filming disasters. From the footage and edited stories, we have learned that what we all share in common is being a part of the community recovery and rebuilding process, and that we all are gaining something powerful from sharing our stories of the storm.

The Pedagogy of Digital Storytelling in the College Classroom (2010)

 

Producer/Director/Editor: Rachel Raimist

Co-written by: Rachel Raimist, Candance Doerr-Stevens & Walt Jacobs

Rachel Raimist, of the University of Alabama, Candance Doerr-Stevens and Walter Jacobs of the University of Minnesota have produced the rich media paper: “The Pedagogy of Digital Storytelling in the College Classroom. “ They report from the process when Raimist and Jacobs collaboratively designed and taught the course “Digital Storytelling in and with Communities of Color” with Candance Doerr-Stevens auditing the class as a graduate student. This article examines the media making processes of the students in the course, asking how participants used digital storytelling to engage with themselves and the media through content creation that both mimicked and critiqued current media messages.

 

This essay was published on the Seminar.net special issue on Digital Storytelling. Read/watch the essay here.

 

The Path to Power: I Self Devine Is The Sound of Low Class Amerika (2009)

 

Producer: Rachel Raimist

Director: Rachel Raimist

Director of Photography: Rachel Raimist

Editor: Alex Brown

Minneapolis based rapper and hometown hereo I Self Devine, narratives the story behind his Rhymesayers release, The Sounds of Low Class Amerikka, released in 2011. Purchase the album here.

 

The Wedding Album (2009)
 

Director/Editor: Rachel Raimist

A digital story about the layers of truth and pain excavated through the discovery of my parent's wedding photo album. Digging through old family photos, cleaning off the residue of family pain, and sharing family secrets speak to the transformative and healing power of personal digital storytelling.

ghostbox #1: killer cancer cells (2009)

 

Director/Editor: Rachel Raimist

A digital story on the haunting envelope full of my mother's killer cancer cells, found when I cleaned out my parent's house after they both died of cancer in 1998.

The Stillwater Poetry Group Promo (2004)

 

Director/Videographer/Editor: Rachel Raimist

In 2004 poet and critical arts facilitator Reggie Harris conceived and organized a Critical Poetry Workshop inside the men's maximum security prison at Stillwater, Minnesota.

SELECTIONS FROM THE ARCHIVES

Nobody Knows My Name (1999)

 

Producers: Rachel Raimist & Rosie Wong

Director: Rachel Raimist

Editor: Christine Kim

NOBODY KNOWS MY NAME tells the story of women who are connected by their love for hip-hop music. Despite the fact that these talented female artists exist within a culture that revolves around self-expression, the subjects of Raimist’s documentary must struggle to be heard. 

Asia One has found a niche as an organizer of the B-Boy Summit, but longs for a sense of female community. DJ Symphony is the sole female member of the The World Famous Beat Junkies. Leaschea lives a turbulent life, even though she has been signed by a major label. Lisa married into the hip-hop lifestyle, and now raises a hip-hop family. Medusa is the successful queen of the L.A. hip-hop underground. T-Love, an ex-Cripette, hopes her creative talents will help her change her lifestyle. 

 

 

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Jessica is southern born, and a convert to Islam.