Rachel Lyon will present her new short documentary Juror Number Six, which explores the impact of traditional and new media representations of race and crime on sentencing for minority defendants in the criminal justice system. Juror Number Six is a continuation of the film Race to Execution, which examined the role of race in death penalty sentencing and which broadcast on PBS's Independent Lens in 2007. The new piece, which will be distributed primarily on the web, considers both the promises and the dangers of new Internet technologies in combating racism and creating a fairer justice system.
Rachel Lyon, president of Lioness Media Arts, is an Emmy Award-winning director, producer, and writer. Ms Lyon's newest documentary,Race to Execution, explores the way race "infects" every aspect of America's death penalty system from discovering a victim to the stark finish in the execution chamber.
Ms. Lyon is currently Associate Professor in Media and Culture at Bentley College. She has also taught at CUNY: Queens College, Reinhardt College, Northwestern University, New York University, and Columbia College. Ms. Lyon has produced 3 feature films, 60 documentaries and two-series. Lyon received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and film workshops, such as the 2003 Atlanta Film Festival, Society for Cinema & Media Studies, and the American Studies Association.
Lyon's documentaries have impacted the national consciousness including break-through social-issue films such as her National Emmy-awarding winning Men Who MolestforFRONTLINE; exposing the black market trade of selling plutonium in The Terror Trade forCNN; revealing the devastating plight of Tibetan emigrants in Shadow over Tibet; and disclosing the startling effects of fundamentalism in The Glory and the Power. Ms. Lyon has consistently worked with top-notch, Academy Award winning talent and has served with the National Geographic Television, PBS, and as senior producer for Ted Turner. Her Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington is a behind-the-scenes history of Washington, DC hosted by Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss for The History Channel.