ILANA TRACHTMAN, Producer / Director
Ilana Trachtman is an award-winning documentary and children's television producer. She has produced and directed programs in both English and Spanish for PBS, HBO FAMILY, ABC-TV, SHOWTIME, LIFETIME, DISCOVERY, TRIO, A&E, THIRTEEN/ WNET, THE BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL, and SESAME WORKSHOP.
Ilana is especially interested in character-driven cinema verite. She recently directed two episodes of Texas
Ranch House, the PBS reality/documentary series set in 1867. Other favorite projects include the film Our Heroes, Ourselves (Lifetime,) a documentary special hosted by Marlo Thomas, which profiles four grassroots women heroes with the goal of empowering viewers to become heroes in their own lives. The program won a Cine Golden Eagle, a Telly Award, and the Woody Harrelson Environmental Award. For Biography, Ilana produced, directed, and wrote specials on Sylvia Plath and Bram Stoker, and for the Trio Network, she directed the series 24 w/, a highly stylized “day in the life” program capturing some of pop culture's most interesting icons (including Vera Wang, Damon Dash, and Tina Brown.)
Ilana also has an extensive background in producing and directing programs for children. She recently produced
the Spanish version of Sesame Street’s Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Military Families Cope with Deployment.
For HBO Family, she conceived and co-produced My Favorite Book, a 60-episode children's series in which 5 -
7 year olds tell their own versions of classic picture books. The series includes interviews with over 500 children. Other credits include What's Going On: Child Poverty in America for Showtime, profiling hunger and homelessness in the lives of Appalachian and urban children. For ABC-TV, she produced and directed two editions of ABC Children First, a magazine-style documentary series for parents. Her program, The Arts Advantage, about daring arts education programs around the country, received a Telly Award and an award from Media Rights, the on-line companion to the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
During two years on the staff of Thirteen/ WNET's City Arts (now called Egg: The Arts Show on PBS,) Ilana
received three New York Emmys and many nominations. She produced the special Working Actors, co-produced
the special Tales from the Book Trade, and developed stories for over 100 documentary segments about the
contemporary art world. PRAYING WITH LIOR is her first independent film.