FEATURED FILMMAKER: DIRECTOR/PRODUCER JOSLYN ROSE
Filmmaker Joslyn Rose Lyons is one of today’s rising stars on the independent film scene. In 2002, she founded her own film house, Jog9 productions, and directed, produced, wrote, shot and edited the award-winning feature length documentary film Soundz of Spirit (Common, Andre 3000, The Last Poets, KRS-1, Cee-Lo, Goapele, Talib Kweli – to name a few). The film premiered at the HBO Urban World
Film Festival, won Best Music Documentary at the New York International Film Festival, aired as part of a programming slate on Freespeech TV and was released for a limited time on dvd with an original soundtrack. Joslyn began working as a production assistant and coordinator on documentary and television specials for
Discovery Channel, MSNBC and PBS, with the Emmy award winning Paradigm Productions while still in college.
While freelancing as a segment producer for Pacific News Service, she wrote and produced segments for YO! TV in San Francisco and worked as a supervising producer and writer on a music-inspired pilot series for the CW Network (formerly WB/UPN), with Uth Television.
Joslyn later went onto direct/produce a poetry series for HBO with Los Angeles based Simmons Lathan Media Group, as part of their development of content for new media platforms: “Joslyn is a very talented and inspired filmmaker”, says Lee Gaither, Executive Vice President of development and production at Simmons Lathan Media Group. “It has been a pleasure working with her so far.”
The young director continued freelancing, becoming a West coast affiliate and segment producer for BET Networks, where she produced and wrote original content for Rap City, Top Ten Countdown and coverage for BET News. Joslyn Rose continued freelancing as a segment producer/writer, working for Emmy Award winning Current TV.
Joslyn’s passion for community has led her to serve as the director/producer and writer of a number of PSA commercials, including a Social Services multi media campaign geared towards bringing awareness to Alameda County’s foster care and adoption crisis. The producer brought together tv personality Sway ( MTV ) with music producer D’wayne Wiggins and actor Del Roy Lindo, to help bring a national voice to a regional campaign. After the
success of the series, the young filmmaker was brought on board to direct additional PSA’s for the county, this time to spearhead the child exploitation crises in the community.
Joslyn Rose recently directed a pilot sizzle reel with Mike Hill (ESPN), for a new talk show series, directing music videos including the new Idle Warship video for Talib Kweli, Res and Graph, and is finishing up her work as producer alongside Steven Acevedo (ABC director’s program) on the short film “Reggae Night” for Stuntman Inc.
Joslyn Rose has exciting projects on the horizon as well, most notably a docu-series “Wonder Women/Super Men” featuring Ananda Lewis, Janina Gavankar, DJ Rashida, to name a few.
“WONDER WOMEN/SUPER MEN” DOCUSERIES
WONDER WOMEN is a feature length documentary film series that highlights women from the current generation of actors and activists, make-up artists and musicians, filmmakers and writers, DJ’s and dancers, about their creative journey, their struggles and what inspires the wonder in their work. This film highlights the voice, the vision and the story, of women from across the entertainment spectrum up-close-and-personal, with intimate interviews and an intriguing dialogue.
What’s more, this inspired filmmaker who makes content that makes a difference, is in the early stages of a new series with ITVS production manager, writer and producer, miss Allison Davis, “The Womens Cinema Project”, www.womenscinemaproject.com.
All the while, Joslyn is getting ready to release a director’s cut of her film Soundz of Spirit, coming 2010.