Ilana
Trachtman


Documentary Filmmaker/Director

Ilana is an Emmy award-winning documentary director/producer. For over twenty years, she has created programs for numerous networks including PBS, HBO FAMILY, ABC-TV, SHOWTIME and the SUNDANCE channel. Ilana believes that individual stories, carefully told, have transcendent power to inspire compassion, action, and community-building. Her topics have ranged from the legacy of slavery in Latin America to Gulf coast shrimpers; glassblowing for at-risk youth to transgender parents. Favorite PBS prime-time credits include directing the independent feature Mariachi High; Black in Latin America hosted by Henry Louis Gates; Texas Ranch House; History Detectives; and Reading Rainbow. Through her production company Ruby Pictures, Ilana made the feature documentary Praying with Lior which played theatrically in over 60 cities in the US and abroad. The film garnered 6 Audience Awards for Best Documentary, the Grand Prix at the International Disability Film Festival in Moscow, and was a critic’s pick of the New York Times, New York Magazine, Washington Post, and Philadelphia Inquirer.