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Tracy Strain

Director, Producer, Writer, The Film Posse
Middletown, CT US
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I am a documentary filmmaker drawn to individual stories that reveal the ways that race, gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality work to shape lives and reflect and challenge society’s historical, artistic, political and cultural narratives.


Tracy Heather Strain, a two-time Peabody Award-winning, Emmy-nominated director, producer, writer and researcher, is a recipient of the 2022 Chicken & Egg Award. Most recently, Strain produced, directed and wrote “Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space” for the PBS history series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Her film “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and broadcast on AMERICAN MASTERS, won Strain an NAACP Image Award for Motion Picture Directing and the American Historical Association’s John E. O’Connor Film Award. Her additional directing credits include “American Oz” and “Building the Alaska Highway” for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, “The Stories We Tell” for Race: The Power of an Illusion, “When the Bough Breaks” for Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? and “Bright Like a Sun” and “The Dream Keepers” for Blackside’s six-part series I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African American Arts. Co-founder and president of The Film Posse, Strain also serves as the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University’s College of Film and the Moving Image and co-directs WesDocs with Randall MacLowry.