Tracy Rector is a multicultural filmmaker, curator, community organizer, and programmer. She has directed and produced over 400 shorts and other films including the award-winning Teachings of the Tree People, March Point, Maiden of Deception Pass, and Ch'aak' S'aagi. She is in production on her sixth feature documentary Outta the Muck with support from ITVS.
As an impact producer, Tracy served on the team for the Emmy award winning feature documentary Dawnland, which premiered on Independent Lens’ 2018/19 season to 2.1 million viewers in its opening week. Her work has also been featured in National Geographic, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian.
In 2005, Tracy co-founder of Longhouse Media, a non-profit that focused on galvanizing Indigenous and local BIPOC communities through film production. From 2005- 2021, they worked with over 50 tribal nations and helped train 3,000 young people in media. In addition, she founded Indigenous Showcase in 2007, an exhibition platform to uplift and amplify creatives and support civic engagement.
Tracy has received the National Association for Media Literacy Education Award, 2016 Stranger Genius Award, and the Horace Mann Award for her work in utilizing media for social justice. She is a Firelight Media Fellow, WGBH Producer Fellow, Sundance Institute Lab Fellow, Tribeca All Access Grantee and a Rockwood Philanthropic Fellow. Tracy serves as a Mize Foundation board member, senior programmer at the Seattle International Film Festival, and recently completed her second term as a Seattle Arts Commissioner.
Currently, Tracy is the Managing Director of Storytelling at Nia Tero, a non-profit committed to working in solidarity with Indigenous peoples. She is a mother of two young adults.