Rachel Dretzin

Rachel Dretzin is co-founder of Ark Media and a principal producer, director, and writer with the company. Rachel has been producing and directing documentaries since 1994. Currently, she is directing the feature documentary adaptation of Andrew Solomon's monumental nonfiction book, "Far From the Tree," scheduled to be released in 2016. Rachel was senior producer on the six-part PBS Series Many Rivers to Cross, a history of African Americans hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which was awarded the Emmy, Peabody, and Du-Pont Columbia awards.  She previously senior produced the first season of Finding Your Roots, also hosted by Dr. Gates, which premiered in the spring of 2012. Among the many films she has produced and directed for PBS' FRONTLINE are: Football HighDigital NationGrowing Up OnlineFailure to ProtectThe PersuadersMerchants of CoolThe Lost Children of Rockdale County, and Hillary's Class. Rachel's films for FRONTLINE have won the Peabody Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Grand Prize for Journalism, the Columbia DuPont Award, and been nominated for the Emmy Award. She has also produced for WNET New York, MSNBC's Edgewise, and NPR's "All Things Considered," as well as the NY Times Magazine on the Web.