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Education

Undergraduate School: Washington University School of Fine Arts

 

Graduate School: M.F.A. University of Illinois at Chicago, May 1994.

School of Fine Arts (Film/Video/Animation)

Teaching & Professional Experience

 

2008 – 2010 Professor and Chair, Division of Cinema & Televsion, SMU.

1985 – 2010 President, Lioness Media Arts, Inc: Emmy Award-winning independent production company that has produced feature films, limited series, and specials.

2006 – 2007 Associate Professor, Bentley College, Department of English, Media and Culture: Video Production, Advanced Video Production, Producing Movies

2003 – 2007 Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, Queens College: Video Production, Advanced Video Production, Producing Independent Movies

2000 – 2003 Assistant Professor, Director of Media Arts, Reinhardt College, School of Communication Arts and Music. Video production, directing, documentary

1997 – 1999 Production Executive, Cultural Programming and New Media, WETA: Developing and serving as production executive for a wide range of programs, Internet sites, companion books and educational outreach for cultural and museum programs

1996 – 1997 Associate Director, Co-Productions: National Geographic TV: Evaluated all documentaries for National Geographic Explorer, Specials, and Children’s Programming. Served as international co-producer for several dozen films

1994 – 1995 Adjunct Faculty: Northwestern University, Department of Radio/TV/Film. Producing Feature Films & Documentaries, The Business of Film

1994 – 1995 Adjunct Faculty: Columbia College, Film Department. 16mm Film Techniques, and The Documentary Vision

1989 - 1992 Director of Television, William Benton Broadcast Project of the University of Chicago. Responsible for all television programming designed to bring cutting-edge scholarship to television

1985 - 1992 Senior Producer for Ted Turner. Senior Producer for over thirty documentaries about critical international issues, filmed on five continents

1977 - 1983 President, Godmother Productions. Developed, financed, and produced an independent feature film and a movie-for-television

Awards, Grants, and Distinctions

2010"Media and Human Rights in America" National Symposium. April 6-7, 2010 –

    Nathan Cummings Foundation Juror Number Six – Race to Execution Outreach Campaign Award: 2009/2010

2008 – Juror Number Six –

Massachussets Fund for the Humanities, 2008

    Ford Foundation: Race to Execution Outreach Campaign Award: 2007/2008

2007 – Race to Execution –

    PBS' national series Independent Lens, 27 March 2007

    Cine Golden Eagle Award; Outstanding Cinematography

    Telly Awards for Education, Documentary, Editing, Music, Script, Special Effects

    Best Documentary, Northern California Film Festival

    CPB/NEA/Independent Television Services (ITVS): Outreach Award for 2007 National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Production Grant: January 2006.

    Independent Television Services (ITVS), Production Award: January 2006

    CUNY Diversity Research Fellowship, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

    DePaul University, School of Law, Center for Justice in Capital Cases; 2003, 2004

2002 – Mr. Dreyfuss Goes To Washington

Telly awards for Documentary, Entertainment, Informational

    Aurora Award: Best Historical Documentary

1998 Legacy of Generations: Pottery by American Indian Women and
Woven by the Grandmothers: 19
th Century Navajo Textiles.

Silver Medal, New York Film Festival

1995 – Shadow Over Tibet: Stories In Exile

Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, 1995

Illinois Arts Council, Production Grant, 1994

Illinois Humanities Council, 1994

Telly Award, Best Documentary, 1996

Cine Golden Eagle Award; Outstanding Cinematography, 1995

1990 – Thousand Pieces Of Gold

Sundance Institute: Screenwriters Program, 1989

Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Production Grant, 1990

National Endowment for the Arts: Scripting Grant, 1988

1985 – Men Who Molest: Children Who Survive

National Emmy for Outstanding Background Analysis for a Single Story, 1986

Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, 1985

First Place, National Educational Film Festival, 1985

1980 –Tell Me A Riddle

Director’s Fortnight, New Director, Cannes International Film Festival, 1981

Best Film, Best Actor (Melvyn Douglas) Edinburgh International Film Festival, 1981

Best Actress (Lila Kedrova), Taormina International Film Festival, 1981

Symposia, Papers, and Presentations

 

Lyon, Rachel. "Media, Race, Crime & Punishment: Re-Framing Stereotypes in Crime and Human Rights Issues." De Paul Law Review. Vol. 58, No. 3 (2009): 741-758. Print.

Lyon, Rachel. London School of Economics International Symposium on Media and Human Rights. London, England. 21 September 2008. Juried screening of Juror Number Six and panel discussion on The United States and human rights issues.

Lyon, Rachel. University Film and Video Association Annual Conference. Colorado City, Colorado. 16 August 2008. Juried screening of Juror Number Six and new media gallery presentation.

Lyon, Rachel. Conference on Media, Race, Crime, and Punishment. John Jay College of Law. New York City, 07 April 2008. Juried screenings of Race to Execution and Juror Number Six.

Lyon, Rachel. Juror Number Six. Joint presentation of UCLA’s Center for Communication and Community and the USC Annenberg Center for Justice and Journalism. Los Angeles, California. 07 April 2008. Guest speaker.

Lyon, Rachel. Juror Number Six and Race to Execution. Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. 02 April 2008. Presenter and panelist.

Lyon, Rachel. Berkman Center for Internet & Society Spring Conference. Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 28 March 2008. Screening and panel discussion of Race to Execution.

Lyon, Rachel. Lethal Injustice, Race and the Death Penalty in America. Bentley College. Boston, Massachusetts. 27 March 2008. Screenings and panel discussions of Race to Execution and Juror Number Six.

Lyon, Rachel. Media, Race and the Death Penalty. Center for Justice in Capital Cases. DePaul University College of Law. Chicago, Illinois. 8 March 2008. Screening and panel discussion of Juror Number Six.

Lyon, Rachel. Juror Number Six. Berkman Center on Internet and Society. Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 14 February 2008. Screening and panel discussion.

Lyon, Rachel. "The Color of Justice: Talking About the Death Penalty and Race." Toward a Transformative Agenda Around Race. Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio. 1 December 2007. Guest speaker and panelist.

Lyon Rachel. "Racism and the Criminal Justice System: 20 Years After McCleskey v.

Kemp. Progress or Paralysis. Georgia State University College of Law. Atlanta, Georgia. 4 October 2007. Screening and panel discussion of Race to Execution.

Symposia, Papers, and Presentations (cont.)

 

Lyon, Rachel. Moving Forward or Moving Backward? Criminal Justice and Immigration in the 21st Century. Southern New England School of Law. New Bedford, Massachusetts. 15 September 2007. Screening and presentation of Race to Execution.

Lyon, Rachel. "Motherhood, Power, and Politics: Screening Ethel Rosenberg, Tillie Olsen, and Gertrude Berg." Jewish Women in Postwar America. Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Jewish Women's Studies. New York University. New York City, 25 February 2007.

Lyon, Rachel. Race to Execution: Film Screening & Panel Discussion. Charles Hamilton

Houston Institute for Race & Justice. Harvard Law School. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 8 February 2007. Keynote speaker.

Lyon, Rachel. Race to Execution Screening and Panel Discussion. The New School. New York City. 1 March 2007. Presenter and panelist.

Lyon, Rachel. "Wrongful Conviction." Race and the Death Penalty. Harvard Law School.

Cambridge, Massachusetts. 6 May 2006. Presenter and panelist.

Lyon, Rachel. Cinema on Sunday. Queens College. New York City. 6 November 2005. Special presentation of Tell Me A Riddle.

Lyon, Rachel. "Under the Glass Ceiling – A Room Without a View: 25 Years of Women In Film In America." American Culture Association Midwest Popular Culture Conference. St. Louis, Missouri. 14 October 2005. Keynote speaker.

Lyon, Rachel. "Framing to Win: How to Change Public Opinion. National Coaltion to Abolish the Death Penalty. 28 October 2005. Presenter and panelist.

Lyon, Rachel. University Film and Video Association Annual Conference. Columbia College. Chicago, Illinois. 5 August 2005. Juried screening of Race to Execution.

Lyon, Rachel. Presentation and Public Discussion of Race to Execution. Dead Man Walking Theater Project. Loyola University. Chicago, Illinois. 24 February 2005.

Lyon, Rachel. University Film and Video Association Annual Conference. University of New Orleans. New Orleans, Louisiana. 2 August 2004. Juried screening of Race to Execution.

Lyon, Rachel. "Field of Dreams: Richard Dreyfuss and America’s Dream." American Studies Association Conference. Houston, Texas. 4 November 2002. Presenter.

Lyon Rachel. "Producing Independent Films in the Digital Age." Association of Film and Videomakers Conference. Atlanta Film Festival. Atlanta, Georgia. 13 September 2002. Presenter.

Lyon, Rachel. "Truth, Lies and Videotape." Society for Cinema Studies Conference. Denver, Colorado. 26 June 2002. Presenter.

Filmography – Videography with Selected Screenings and Broadcasts

Juror Number Six (Blackpublicmedia.org. 15 October 2008) Director, Producer. An internet documentary tracing the impact of media on race, crime and punishment in America. Made in association with Harvard University, UCLA, USC, Ohio State, DePaul University, SMU, Bentley College, sponsored by the Ford Foundation.

Race To Execution (PBS Independent Lens. 27 March 2007) Director, Producer. A provacative and haunting portrait of two Death Row inmates – Robert Tarver and Madison Hobley — exposing how race infects America’s Death Penalty system. Race To Execution is narrated by Harvard University professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr., with commentary by Scott Turow, Bryan Stevenson, and Nina Totenberg.

    Selected Festivals and Screenings:

NCADP: Screening and Speech at National Conference, 26, October 2006

    17 November 2006 DePaul University: College of Law

    February 2007: ITVS: Community Engagement Screenings: 38 screenings Nationwide (Supported by grants totaling $50,000 for these screenings)

PBS’ Independent Lens, 27 March 2007

Hollywood Black Film Festival, 20 May 2007

Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL 25 February 2007

African Diaspora Film Festival, New York, NY, 24 November 2006

Australian International Film Festival, Documentary Feature: 28 October 2006

City Cinematheque (CUNY Television, 2006) CUNY Television’s City Cinematheque series, a half-hour studio program featuring Oscar winner, Lee Grant and Rachel Lyon, with host Jerry Carlson. Professor Carlson leads a lively discussion with Grant and Lyon on making the groundbreaking film, Tell Me a Riddle, adapted from Tillie Olsen’s novella. Co-broadcast with the original feature film, courtesy of Warner Brothers. 8 March 2006.

Mr. Dreyfuss Goes To Washington (THE HISTORY CHANNEL. 2001/2002) Director, Producer. This two-hour television special follows the controversies and contests surrounding the creation of Washington, DC, and the design of all our national memorials. Hosted and Co-Produced by Academy Award winner, Richard Dreyfuss. Triple Telly Award winner.

Emotional Intelligence with Daniel Goleman (PBS/WETA. 1999) Producer. This ninety-minute PBS Special explores the break-through science of emotional intelligence. Based on the New York Times Best Seller by Dr. Daniel Goleman. PBS, March 1999.

Legacy Of Women: Native American Pottery and Woven By The Grandmothers: 19th Century Navajo Textiles. Executive Producer of these two half-hour HDTV (High Definition Television) programs about the culture and art of two Native American artistic and spiritual traditions. The programs include on-line components, book and national museum exhibitions. Silver Medal, New York Festivals. 25 March 1998.

Shadow Over Tibet: Stories In Exile (PBS. 1995) Writer, Director, Producer of this one-hour documentary about saving Tibetan culture in exile. Follows the story of one Tibetan refugee from India to the tiny Tibetan community in Chicago and his unique relationship with the Dalai Lama.

Filmography – Videography with Selected Screenings and Broadcasts (cont.)

Shadow Over Tibet: Stories In Exile (1995)

Selected Festival Screenings:

San Francisco International Film Festival, 1995

National Asian American Film Festival, 1995

Columbus International Film Festival, 1995

South African International Film Festival, 1996

The Dalai Lama: Live In Chicago (PBS. 1993) Producer, Director, four-camera live video production of His Holiness’ address to 30,000 live in Grant Park.

Orson Welles’ OTHELLO Restoration (1992), Associate Producer of this complex restoration of the 1952 Welles’ masterpiece. Distributed by Castle Hill Productions.

(93 minutes, 35 mm) Original winner of the Palm D’Or, Cannes Film Festival.

Selected Festival Screenings:

Cannes International Film Festival, May 1992, Main Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival, 1992

London International Film Festival, 1992

Toronto International Film Festival, 1992

The Glory And The Power (PBS, BBC. 1992), Series Producer of this three-part series on the worldwide impact of fundamentalism. Included a three-part TV series, a five-part radio series broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered and a book The Glory and the Power, written by Dr. Martin Marty, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Life And Death Of A Dynasty (PBS. 1991), Associate Director, with Robert Drew, of this 90 minute documentary on the rise and fall of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in India. Broadcast on PBS and BBC, May 1991. Distributed by Direct Cinema.

Thousand Pieces Of Gold (1990), Associate Producer of this dramatic feature film based on Ruthanne Lum McCune’s novel. A Sundance Institute Project. Co-production with American Playhouse and Channel Four’s Film on Four. Broadcast on American Playhouse, June 1992. Distributed by Grey Cat Releasing.

 

Selected Festival Screenings:

Cannes International Film Festival, 1990

San Francisco International Film Festival, 1990

Seattle International Film Festival, 1990

Chicago International Film Festival, 1990

The Terror Trade (CNN, 1988) Executive Producer for this one-hour documentary about the black market of plutonium. Focus on how black market operates and countries from Iraq, Israel, Argentina, Pakistan, and South Africa compete to purchase the deadly substance. Broadcast on Channel Four, Superstation TBS, and CNN, April 1988.

The Unfinished Symphony: US/Soviet Cultural Exchange (1988) Writer/Co-Director/Producer. One-hour program about cultural links including extremely rare archival footage and a satellite space-link with Vladimir Pozner and Sydney Pollack.

Filmography – Videography with Selected Screenings and Broadcasts (cont.)

Only One Earth (PBS. 1987) Producer/U.S. Co-Producer. Eleven-part series on the relationship between environment and development. Filmed on location in Africa, England, China and Latin America in this six-country co-production. PBS, BBC, RAI Italy, WDR Germany, September 1987. Distributed by Films, Inc.

Increase and Multiply and Babies Having Babies. (PBS 1987) Executive Producer of these documentaries on population, teanaged motherhood and environmental impact for PBS and TBS.

Men Who Molest: Children Who Survive (PBS. 1985) Producer of this independent documentary on the mind of the molester. Broadcast on PBS’s Frontline, May 1985. Distributed by Filmmaker’s Library. Winner, National Emmy for Best Background Analysis of a Current Single Story, 1986.

The Oklahoma City Dolls (ABC. 1981) Co-Producer of this ABC Movie-of-the-Week comedy about women and sports. ABC, Lifetime, A&E, Showtime.

Tell Me A Riddle (1980) Producer/creator of this independent feature film based on the novella by Tillie Olsen. Starring Melvyn Douglas and Lila Kedrova and directed by Lee Grant. Released by Orion Pictures and broadcast on American Playhouse in 1986.

Selected Festival Screenings:

Cannes International Film Festival, Director’s Fortnight, 1981

San Francisco International Film Festival, 1981

Edinburgh International Film Festival, 1981

Taormina International Film Festival, 1981

Toronto International Film Festival, 1981

Venice International Film Festival, 1981

Moscow International Film Festival, 1985

Festival des Femmes a Avignon, 1981

Selected Reviews and Articles

Floyd, Jami. "Race to Execution." Review of Race to Execution. Court TV News 28 March 2007. Print.

Devine, Dan. "Harvard Law Hosts Hub Debut of Death Penalty Doc." Bay State Banner 15 February 2007. Print.

Jackson, Derrick. "Obama Makes A Clean Hit." Editorial. The Boston Globe 14 February 2007. Print.

DeMonia, Robin. "Race Issue Troubling on Death Penalty Cases." The Birmingham News 10 December 2006. Print.

Pallasch, Abdon. "Ryan Urges End To Death Penalty." The Chicago Sun-Times 19 November 2006. Print.

Kronke, David. "Dreyfuss’ Affair with Washington: A Capitol Idea." Review of Mr. Dreyfuss Goes To Washington. Chicago Tribune 26 November 2001. Print.

Selected Reviews and Articles (cont.)

Roth, Jason. "A Fight for Life: Documentary Puts a Human Face on Tibet’s Struggle." Review of Shadow Over Tibet: Stories In Exile. Chicago Tribune 9 June 1995. Print.

Mesic, Penelope. "A Cultural Catastrophe: Film About Tibet Documents Exile, Grievous Loss." Review of Shadow Over Tibet: Stories In Exile. Chicago Tribune 4 June 1995. Print.

Engstrom, John. "Shadow Over Tibet: Stories In Exile." Review of Shadow Over Tibet: Stories In Exile. Seattle Post-Intelligencer 6 June 1995. Print.

Gardella, Kay. "Fine Viewing Experience." Review of Shadow Over Tibet: Stories In Exile.

NY Daily News 24 June 1995. Print.

Canby, Vincent. "Welles’ ‘Othello’ Crowned in Glory." Review of Orson Welles OTHELLO. New York Times 6 March 1992. Print.

Jameson, Richard. "Cries and Whispers." Review of Orson Welles OTHELLO. Film Comment February 1992. Print.

Kauffman, Stanley. "Restoring Welles." Review of Orson Welles OTHELLO. The New Republic 9 March 1992. Print.

Hoberman, J. "Moor Better Blues." Review of Orson Welles OTHELLO. Village Voice

3 March 1992. Print.

Goodman, Walter. "Letting Fundamentalists Tell Their Own Stories." Review of The Glory and the Power. New York Times 15 January 1992. Print.

Dart, John. "PBS Probes Global Right in Fundamentalism Series." Review of The Glory and the Power. Los Angeles Times 15 June 1992. Print.

Wilmington, Michael. "Valuable Views of Old West in ‘Gold’." Review of Thousand Pieces Of Gold. Los Angeles Times 26 June 1991. Print.

Ebert, Roger. "Angry and Romantic, ‘Gold’ Tells Powerful, Poignant Tale." Review of Thousand Pieces Of Gold. Chicago Sun-Times 8 November 1991. Print.

Jacobowitz, Florence. "Unspoken and Unresolved: Tell Me A Riddle." Issues in Feminist Film Criticism. Ed. Patricia Erens. Indiana University Press, 1990. 353-364. Print.

Steigerwald, Bill. "TBS Tracks Nuclear Proliferation." Review of The Terror Trade. Los Angeles Times 3 April 1988. Print.

Hendrickson, Dyke. "Investigates ‘Terror Trade’." Review of The Terror Trade. Boston Herald 13 April 1988. Print.

Selected Reviews and Articles (cont.)

Ruth, Daniel. "Nations Deal in ‘Terror’ of Nuclear Weaponry." Review of The Terror
Trade
. Chicago Sun-Times 13 April 1988. Print.

Unger, Sanford. "A Fresh, Urgent Look at Global Environmental Concerns." Review of Only One Earth. Christian Science Monitor 3 September 1987. Print.

Pogrebin, Letty Cottin. "Suffer the Little Children." Review of Men Who Molest: Children Who Survive. Ms. Magazine April 1985. Print.

Stark, Elizabeth. "Men Who Molest: Children Who Survive." Review of Men Who Molest: Children Who Survive. Psychology Today April 1985. Print.

Lauer, Margaret. "Men Who Molest: Children Who Survive." Review of Men Who Molest: Children Who Survive. Mother Jones April 1985. Print.

Stanley, John. "Aftermath of Molestation: Adult Horror, Kids’ Fears." Review of Men Who Molest: Children Who Survive. San Francisco Chronicle 14 April 1985. Print.

Paynter, Susan. "What Happens When Men Molest." Review of Men Who Molest: Children Who Survive. Seattle Post-Intelligencer 2 April 1985. Print.

Stone, Judy. "How ‘Godmothers’ Brought ‘Tell Me A Riddle’ to the Screen." New York Times 14 December 1980. Print.

Stone, Judy. "End of a Riddle and Beginning of a New Career." Review of Tell Me A Riddle.

San Francisco Chronicle 13 January 1980. Print.

Thomas, Kevin. "Durable Douglas." Review of Tell Me A Riddle. Los Angeles Times

16 January 1980. Print.

Ebert, Roger. "A Good ‘Riddle’ – But A Puzzle Lingers." Review of Tell Me A Riddle Chicago Sun-Times 27 April 1981. Print.

Affiliations

 

University Film and Video Association Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Independent Documentary Association Women Make Movies

Women in Film and Video: Dallas Jewish Womens Archive

Dallas Producer’s Association

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