Ilana Trachtman is an Emmy award–winning documentary and children’s television producer based in Philadelphia. For seventeen years, she has produced and directed nonfiction programs in both English and Spanish for PBS, HBO Family, ABC-TV, Showtime, Sundance Channel, Lifetime, Discovery, Trio, A&E, Thirteen/WNET, The Biography Channel and Sesame Workshop. Ilana recently directed an episode of Henry Louise Gates’ landmark series for PBS, Black in Latin America. Ilana also served as the Supervising Producer on PBS’s long-running History Detectives and on the Sundance Channel’s critically acclaimed series Big Ideas for a Small Planet. Other favorite projects include directing Texas Ranch House, the PBS reality/documentary series set in 1867; Our Heroes, Ourselves (Lifetime), an award-winning documentary special about grassroots women heroes; Biography: Sylvia Plath, and 24 w/, a stylized “day in the life” series following pop culture icons. Ilana’s independent feature documentary, Praying with Lior(2008) was released theatrically in over 60 cities in the US and abroad by First Run Features. The film received 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, the Washington Post, and Philadelphia Inquirer.
Kelly guides the development, production, distribution and marketing efforts for independent feature documentaries that are screened around world. Recent films include Four Seasons Lodge, released theatrically in 2009 by First Run Features and broadcast on PBS stations in 2011, Crossing Arizona, which premiered in competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on Sundance Channel, and Follow My Voice With The Music of Hedwig produced in association with Sundance Channel and featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Yoko Ono, Rufus Wainwright and many other. Working with director Nathaniel Kahn, Kelly also developed the Academy Award-nominated feature documentary My Architect, released by New Yorker Films and HBO.
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Dr. Daniel Sheehy