Filmakers and Bios

Rachel Lyon

Writer / Director / Producer

Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Rachel Lyon has produced 65 feature films, movies-for-television, feature documentaries and limited series. Her work focuses on critical global issues, human rights, civil equality, art and archeology and history. She has served as professor at NKU, Southern Methodist University, Bentley University, and Queens College. Lyon has written multiple law journal articles, and her films have appeared on CNN, PBS, BBC, History Channel and National Geographic, among others.

Pi-Isis Ankhra


Pi-Isis Ankhra has over 15 years of experience within the philanthropic industry, developing strategic initiatives targeted at leveraging private and public investments. Ankhra has broadened her professional offerings to include media. As a film, television, and live event producer, Ankhra has engaged targeted audiences around stories that bring attention to cultural issues often underrepresented in mainstream media. Ankhra has worked in partnership with the Ford Foundation, Democratic National Committee, and the NAACP, among others.

Bavand Karim

Cinematographer / Associate Producer

Bavand's work focuses on social justice and the relationship between mass media and social movements, including the Arab Spring. He is the producer of the award- winning documentary film, Nation of Exiles, and co-producer of Fox's organic lifestyle program Dig In DFW. Karim teaches film at Emerson University in Boston.

Reggie Turner

Associate Producer

Reggie Turner is an entertainment attorney based in Los Angeles, and director of a documentary film chronicling the experiences of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot survivors, titled Before They Die! A film chronicling the survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot and their quest for justice.