Tracy Heather Strain

Director/Writer/Producer. Tracy Heather Strain, a two-time Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker and 2022 Chicken & Egg Award winner, explores stories about the ways diverse peoples have experienced life in the United States. In 2019, Strain won an NAACP Image Award for Motion Picture Directing for “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and aired on American Masters. Her directing debut, “Bright Like a Sun” and “The Dream Keepers,” in Blackside’s I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African American Arts, “leaps off the screen” noted The New York Times, and The Hollywood Reporter praised her first film for American Experience, “Building the Alaska Highway,” as “dynamic” and “truly great storytelling.” Other credits include duPont-winner Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? and Race: The Power Of An Illusion. Most recently for American Experience, Strain wrote, directed and produced “Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space,” described by New York Amsterdam News as a “beautifully crafted documentary.” Tracy serves on the faculty of Wesleyan University’s College of Film and the Moving Image.