Rachel Dretzin

Rachel Dretzin is co-founder of Ark Media and a principal producer, director, and writer with the company. She recently completed directing the feature documentary adaptation of Andrew Solomon's monumental nonfiction book, "Far From the Tree," in partnership with Participant Media. The film is scheduled for theatrical release in 2018.  Rachel has been producing and directing documentaries since 1994, many of them for the acclaimed PBS documentary series FRONTLINE. Her films have been awarded the Emmy, Peabody and Du-Pont Columbia awards, as well as the NAACP Image award.  She 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., and also senior produced "And Still I Rise," a four-hour series on the last 50 years of black history, also for PBS.  She senior produced the first season of Finding Your Roots,  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. Most recently, Rachel has completed a two-hour documentary special for MSNBC about the press, and is in production on a a six-part limited series about Malcolm X.