Talent Guide

Rachel Pikelny

  • Discipline:Producer
  • Program Year:CNN Docuseries Intensive 2021


Rachel Pikelny, Producer, is an Emmy-winning filmmaker named to DOC NYC and Topic Studios’ inaugural “40 Under 40” List. In 2020, she released three films: The Road Up, Audience Award-winner at the Chicago International Film Festival; Represent, which recently had its national broadcast on PBS/Independent Lens; and the early childhood education impact film No Small Matter, shown throughout all 50 states and on Capitol Hill. Previously, she produced The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2014), which won an Emmy for Best Historical Long-Form Program. She also directed and produced several episodes of the docuseries Cold Case Files and American Greed.

Current Project

Fighting Time


Fighting Time reveals dozens of Chicago murder frame-ups tied to one retired detective. As innocent Latino and Black men fight for freedom, a former cop becomes an unlikely ally, risking his own safety to pursue the truth.