Stories are what make us human… is a Seattle-based documentary production company.  Since 2004, Amy Benson and Scott Squire—a wife-and-husband team—have been telling complicated stories, beautifully. Our films educate, edify and raise money for orgs, business and individuals for audiences all over the world.
We work with you to turn your idea into a compelling documentary for your website, fundraising effort, celebration, remembrance, research project…you name it.
We would love to tell your story. Contact us.

MISSION: To tell real, intimate, beautiful stories about people and the world in which they live. Because stories are what make us human. We believe that stories told with beauty and integrity motivate positive change.

We are in love with the art of documentary: We believe it is stories that best connect us as humans and enable us to make sense of the world. We also believe the best brand stories are human stories. Whether our goal is to make a feature length film or a three-minute fundraising piece, our approach is the same: We enter every project with curiosity, compassion and enthusiasm for the new people we are going to meet, the subjects we get to explore and the world we get to enter, cameras in hand.

Bio: Scott Squire and Amy Benson have directed, shot and edited films telling the stories of organizations in the U.S., Africa and South Asia. Their first documentary feature, Drawing the Tiger, is a granted project of both the Sundance Institute and Fork Films, as well as an alum the CIFF pitch fellowship program. It premiered at Hot Docs in April 2015 and has since been in over 50 film festivals worldwide. It has received numerous awards including the Best Feature Jury prize by the Northwest Film Forum, the Documentary Feature Award from CAAMFest (Center for Asian American Media) and the UNICEF award at Film SouthAsia in Kathmandu, Nepal. It currently is being distributed educationally by Women Makes Movies. A 30-minute sequel, The Eldest Son, is currently on the festival circuit, and the third in the trilogy, Literate, is in production.

Amy & Scott also keep themselves busy raising and enjoying adventures with their creative and hilarious son, Hale.

Selected Testimonials: 

“I wholeheartedly recommend Scott Squire and Amy Benson of Nonfiction Media. They have produced a number of videos for Seattle Children’s Hospital and with each project we have been just as pleased with the final videos as we have working with Amy and Scott. They bring consummate artistry, skill, professionalism and compassion to their work. They handle complex, sensitive subject matter with thoughtfulness and clarity, and make informational content fun and engaging. Whatever the topic, their outstanding storytelling skills bring it to life. They are a delight to work with, too — at ease with both our medical providers and patient families — which is often critical to the success of projects here. I always look forward to working with Amy and Scott and know that the final results will exceed our expectations.”
—Louise Maxwell, Manager, Digital Media, Video and Social Media, Seattle Children’s Hospital

“I highly recommend Scott and Amy as creative, dependable, and talented producers of both video and photo assignments. I’ve hired NonFiction Media for projects both big and small and have always been extremely pleased with the final product as well as the collaborative and positive process that led to such professional results. As a photographer and videographer, Scott captures visuals and moments that communicate deeply and meaningfully, and he is highly flexible and sensitive to challenging conditions. Amy’s editing was quick, smart, and responsive to our project’s needs. Working together, they operated as a nimble, resourceful, and professional team that far exceeded my expectations.”
—Matthew Harman, Communications Director, Initiative for Global Development 

“Recovery Cafe hired NonFiction Media to help develop, shoot, edit and produce a film for our annual Standing in the Gap fundraising breakfast. The video is a fundamental part of the event program; we needed it to do several specific things while communicating in a way that honors the dignity of the people Recovery Cafe serves. We had very high expectations for what the film needed to do and Amy and Scott delivered….”
—David Coffey, Executive Director, The Recovery Café

“I have worked with NonFiction Media on two large scale video projects, Creative Conversations—documenting citywide discussions about the role art plays in the city of Seattle — and FEEST—an instructional set of videos for the purpose of replicating a program for connecting youth with organically grown food, cooking and community.

For both of these projects, the final product was not fully defined at the time they were hired. Scott and Amy were part of the teams’ exploratory process. They are instinctual in their storytelling and in both cases, the videos not only tell a story for those not knowing anything about the mission of the ventures, but also were revelatory for the people involved. They were meta like that!

Scott and Amy are as professional as they are artistic and good people.”
—Randy Engstrom, Director, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Last year, Amy and Scott created a short documentary telling the stories of recipients of The Bo M. Karlsson Foundation, which provides funds for underprivileged women in Nepal to attend university. They were such a perfect fit for this endeavor and I felt so blessed to have found them. Before they set off to Kathmandu to film, we met a couple of times to work on the messaging we wanted to convey in the film. They listened carefully and asked great questions.

When in country, they kept in touch, but they were primarily on their own—no hand-holding required. They organized an all-day shoot, facilitating the bringing together of all our recipients from many different parts of the country as well as filmed a ‘day-in-the-life’ of two girls at work and at school.

After just one rough-cut review session with our board, they created a stunning video that beautifully captures what BMKF does, why it is so needed and most importantly the personalities and resilience of the young women we are serving. We premiered it at our fundraising gala and it was a huge hit. I recommend NonFiction Media without reservation.”
—Sonnia Karlsson, Executive Director, BMKF 

“We recently worked with Scott Squire and Amy Benson at NonFiction Media to produce two videos for our company. Using video as a communication tool was new to us. We were also asking several of our best customers to be on camera explaining why they did business with us. Because of this we were somewhat nervous about the process and outcome.

Scott and Amy’s combination of technical expertise, interest in our story and sensitivity to the people involved created a great finished product. The two videos quickly explain who we are and what our company does for our customers.

The video shows real people who quickly relate our message. We are very pleased with the final product. In a few minutes, our company and key technology is explained with clarity and passion.”
—Lyle Von Essen, President, Graphic Label, Inc.


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