Rachel Pikelny

Producer / Director
Siskel Jacobs Productions

Rachel Pikelny is an award-winning filmmaker, currently the Director of Production at Siskel/Jacobs Productions (SJP) and the Operations Chair of the Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA). She was recently a 2017-2018 Impact Partners Documentary Producing Fellow.

With SJP, Rachel directed and produced the short film GRACE about a young breast cancer survivor who reclaims her body with an elaborate tattoo. The project was featured on Salon.com’s short film series and will be released via an online distributor in the fall. Rachel is currently producing two feature documentaries: No Small Matter, a co-production with Kindling Group about early childhood education; and The Road Up, which centers on The Cara Program and its students as they rebuild their lives and find employment.

Previously, with Kartemquin Films, she produced The Trials of Muhammad Ali (Independent Lens, 2014), which premiered at Tribeca and won a national Emmy for Best Historical Long-Form Program; served as co-producer on American Arab (America ReFramed, 2016); and as associate producer on A Good Man (American Masters, 2011). Her work has been broadcast internationally on PBS, CNBC, A&E, and OWN.