Byron Hurt is an award winning documentary filmmaker, a published writer, and an anti sexism activist. His most recent documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. It was later broadcast nationally on the Emmy award winning PBS series Independent Lens, drawing an audience of more than 1.3 million viewers. As an activist, Byron has served as a long-time gender violence prevention educator. The former Northeastern University football quarterback was also a founding member of the Mentors in Violence Prevention program, the leading college based rape and domestic violence prevention initiative for college and professional athletics. Hurt is also the former Associate Director of the first gender violence prevention program in the US Marine Corps.