Producer and Director of Photography
Tracy Wares’ passion for documentary filmmaking began while at the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Anthropology. There she created a documentary entitled Royal Drag about the drag ball community in San Francisco and an award-winning thesis film, Shakti, which explored the role of women in Hinduism inside India and issues of power and autonomy.
While living in Thailand for over two years, she collaborated with various local grassroots organizations working with Burmese refugees. Tracy trained members to use video in advocacy work and how to document human rights abuses by the military junta inside Burma. At a nonprofit video production house, Images Asia, she wrote and edited a documentary about the forced conscription of child soldiers entitled, No Childhood At All II: Child Soldiers in Burma. She worked with the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma to produce educational videos on landmines and child development, and wrote extensively on human rights abuses against women, children, and ethnic minorities for the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma.
Since her arrival in Los Angeles she has been active as a director of photography. She filmed Gay Republicans, a documentary about the Log Cabin Republicans and their struggle for recognition and equal rights. It won the Audience Award at the American Film Institute’s 2004 Film Festival and was later broadcast nationally on Trio. It was also shown at film festivals in Toronto, Miami, Palm Desert, San Francisco and Newport Beach. She also shot for TransGeneration, a Sundance Channel 8-part series on transgender university students. A festival-cut feature screened at the Frameline Festival in San Francisco and in Los Angeles at OutFest 2005.
While continuing to pursue her interest in social issues, Tracy directed, shot, and edited a short documentary for the non-profit Mothers´ Club of Pasadena, which benefits isolated immigrated mothers and their children through educational programs. She also shoots interviews regularly with celebrities in the music industry for the International Music Feed (IMF) and field produces and shoots for reality television programming.