Rachel Pikelny

An Emmy award-winning filmmaker recently named to DOC NYC's "40 Under 40" List, Rachel Pikelny is a sought-after producer whose work has earned accolades and sparked impact, at venues ranging from the Tribeca Film Festival to Capitol Hill.

She is currently producing Represent, directed by Hillary Bachelder. Previously with Kartemquin, she produced The Trials of Muhammad Ali (Independent Lens, 2014), which won a national Emmy for Best Historical Long-Form Program. Prior to that, she served as Co-Producer on Kartemquin’s American Arab and On Beauty, and Associate Producer on A Good Man (American Masters, 2011).

Rachel also spent five years on staff with Siskel/Jacobs Productions, where she directed and produced the short film GRACE (Condé Nast Entertainment), which was digitally released by SELF in October 2018 and has garnered 135K views, and counting. Her feature documentary No Small Matter, a Gates-and-Bezos-supported project about early childhood education, will be released in 2019.

Rachel spent several years at Kurtis Productions, creating episodes of the nonfiction series “Cold Case Files” for A&E and “American Greed” for CNBC. A versatile producer/director, she has created branded content for Fortune 500 companies such as Pepsi and USAA. She was a 2017-18 Impact Partners Producers Fellow and remains active in the independent filmmaking community, co-chairing the Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA).

Films by Rachel Pikelny

Represent 2020
The School Project 2014
The Trials of Muhammad Ali 2013
American Arab 2013
A Good Man 2011
Associate Producer