Rachel Lyon is an Emmy award-winning director, producer, writer and educator. She has produced more than 65 feature and documentary films, recently serving as Chair of Cinema and Television at SMU. Her latest film, Etruscan Odyssey: Expanding Archeology, is a journey into a world of the ancient pre-Roman art and culture, the Etruscans.
Lyon’s media and human rights projects include Juror Number Six and the acclaimed Race to Execution, which were produced for the PBS series Independent Lens. Her research, entitled, “Media, Race, Crime, and Punishment: Re-Framing Stereotypes in Crime and Human Rights Issues,” has been published in the DePaul Law Review.
Lyon’s films have appeared on ABC, PBS, NBC, CNN, National Geographic, BBC, and the History Channel. Her documentary feature Men Who Molest premiered on the PBS series Frontline and won the Emmy Award for best research and background material on a continuing story in 1985. Her feature films include Tell Me A Riddle, directed by Academy Award-winner Lee Grant and starring Academy Award- winners Melvyn Douglas and Lila Kedrova, and Thousand Pieces of Gold, starring Academy Award-winner Chris Cooper.
Lyon is a member of the International Documentary Association, The University Film and Video Association, and the Dallas Producers Association. She co-founded the San Francisco and Chicago chapters of Women in Film, and has served on the board in four cities.