Joslyn Rose Lyons
About Me: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.
With a passion for film and a love for music, she has directed a number of music videos including work with Universal Records and Hiero Imperium as well as for the Built From Skratch Network and MYX TV. In summer of 2008, she was invited on a bus tour with artist Erykah Badu to direct/produce a behind the scenes of the artists creative process.
In the beginning of 2009 her narrative short “Umi’s heart” (www.Linktv.org ) won her official jury selection in the Spike Lee Babelgum festival and a Finalist Award in Link TV One Nation Film Contest, “Two faiths, One Film” category. Joslyn was later given the opportunity to loosely shadow a director on the ABC Television series Desperate Housewives.
Inspired as a filmmaker, Joslyn Rose also works as an associate producer, contributing to documentary films including “Straight Shots: Guns at Cornell” (www.cornell69film.org ) with Executive Producer Stanley Nelson, “The Long Road to Chulumani” from filmmaker Rick Tejada-Flores with PBS Latin America, and as a creative consultant on “Miss Representation” (www.missrepresentation.org) with actress/director Jennifer Siebel Newsom.
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.
Working closely on her feature narrative film with the San Francisco Film Society "Destiny" written by actor Mahershalalhashbaz Ali and in talks to have Saul Williams co-star.
Joslyn Rose Lyons is a featured filmmaker in the International Museum of Women as part of their “Imagining Ourselves” exhibition and this Fall will be premiering her original short film “The Hand Off” starring actor Val Lauren and model/actress Eva Pepaj, in the 2009 International Museum of Women (www.imow.org ) “Economica” exhibition. The Hand Off is a story of the power in our own hands to make a difference, with echoes of magic realism and an original film score Amp Fiddler and Mike Chav.
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.
Exhibit change by:
through the mediums of film and video. as best I can, to inspire change through my own and contribute meaningful works to the arts.
I'm passionate about:
spirituality, creativity, nature, peace, prayer, unity, organic living, community and all positive change.