About the Filmmakers
DYLLAN McGEE, Executive Producer
Dyllan McGee is the founder and Executive Producer of MAKERS and an Emmy Award-winning® Executive Producer at Kunhardt McGee Productions overseeing all documentary and web programming. Her films include: Emmy award-nominated® documentary, Gloria: In Her Own Words (HBO), Peabody Award-winning The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (PBS); Emmy Award winning®, Teddy: In His Own Words (HBO); Faces of American with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS); This Emotional Life (PBS); African American Lives (PBS); Oprah’s Roots (PBS); and Emmy-nominated®, In Memoriam; 9/11/01 (HBO). Dyllan served as the Director of Content and Operations for the International Freedom Center at Ground Zero in New York, a cultural institution that was proposed as part of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.
RACHEL DRETZIN, Senior Producer
Rachel Dretzin is co-founder of Ark Media and a principal producer, director, and writer with the company. Rachel's films 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 was series senior producer on the six-part PBS Series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, a history of African Americans hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. She also 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 High, Digital Nation, Growing Up Online, Failure to Protect, The Persuaders, Merchants of Cool, The Lost Children of Rockdale County, and Hillary's Class. 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.
Kunhardt McGee Productions
For 24 years Kunhardt McGee Productions (formerly Kunhardt Productions) has been making documentary films about the people and ideas that have shaped our history. Currently in production is The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, a 6-hour documentary hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for PBS. The company recently produced a new weekly series for PBS, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. launched on March 25, 2012 and Makers: Women Who Make America, a multi-platform initiative developed with PBS and AOL which launched online in February, 2012 and on air February 26, 2013. They are also producing a documentary for HBO, which will be announced in 2013. Most recently, Kunhardt McGee Productions produced Gloria: In Her Own Words (HBO, 2011), Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS, 2010), Emmy-award winning® Teddy: In His Own Words (HBO, 2009), Looking for Lincoln (PBS, 2009), Oprah's Roots (PBS, 2006) and African American Lives 1 and 2 (2006 & 2008) for PBS. Other notable works include This Emotional Life (PBS), Looking for Lincoln (PBS), In Memoriam: 9/11/01 (HBO), PT Barnum: America’s Showman (Discovery), The American President (PBS), Bobby Kennedy: In His Own Words (HBO) and JFK: In His Own Words (HBO).
Founded in 1996 by Barak Goodman and Rachel Dretzin, Ark was created to be a vehicle for the films they both felt privileged to make. Together with longtime collaborator, John Maggio, Goodman and Dretzin have grown Ark Media into a hub for large multi-part series and smaller, one-off films. Aside from producing numerous award-winning films for the acclaimed PBS series FRONTLINE and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Ark produced the original Makers documentary, broadcast on PBS in 2012, and has teamed up with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on his last four documentary series, the most recent being The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. Ark is currently producing a six-hour PBS series on cancer titled The Emperor of All Maladies, the four-hour The Italian Americans, also for PBS, and the second season of Professor Gates' highly successful genealogy series, Finding Your Roots. Recognized as nurturer of young talent, Ark has grown to include dozens of accomplished and passionate filmmakers working together and separately. While setting a standard for excellence, Ark thrives because of a dynamic, engaged, and passionate group of people assembled for a common purpose: to collaborate on meaningful projects.
Loki Films is a New York based non-fiction film production company founded in 2001 by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. The company has been lauded for shining a light on unknown worlds and taking an honest approach to delicate subject matter. The company produces both long form non-fiction films that enjoy a theatrical life (including Academy Award® nominated Jesus Camp), made for TV documentaries (clients include HBO, PBS, MTV and ESPN) short form (CNN Heroes, NY Times Op-Docs), branded content and commercials. Accolades include a Peabody Award (12th & Delaware), and Emmy® nomination (The Boys of Baraka) a Sundance win (Detropia) and two Gotham nominations. Ewing and Grady are prominent members of the documentary community and members of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Director’s Guild.
Moxie Firecracker Films
After independently directing and producing their own groundbreaking and award-winning documentary films, filmmakers Liz Garbus and Rory Kennedy co-founded Moxie Firecracker Films in 1998. Since then they have gone on to create some of the most challenging and debated films in their field, becoming well-known names in broadcast journalism and entertainment. Their films cover human rights issues, broader social ills, and extraordinary individuals who have greatly influenced their era. Moxie Firecracker Films produces documentaries for broadcast and cable networks, including HBO, A&E, MTV, TLC, Lifetime Television, The Oxygen Network, Court TV, Showtime, Discovery Channel, Channel 4 UK, and The Sundance Channel, as well as for educational foundations and grant–makers. Their films have gone on to win Emmy® awards, Academy Award® nominations, and numerous film festival awards. In 2010, Garbus and Kennedy were honored with the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Career Award.