Traci Hercher is an experimental filmmaker, programmer, and educator from Illinois. Her nonfiction essay films are concerned with politics, social justice, familial trauma, identity, representation, the limits of human perception, and the nature of the mediated experience. She holds an MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa Department of Cinematic Arts where she was awarded the Iowa Arts Fellowship in 2016 and a BFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was awarded a tuition scholarship for her artwork in 2009. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Public Space One in Iowa City. In 2018, She received the Non-fiction Shorts Prize from Northampton Film Festival in Massachusetts for her film, Diana, as well as a Hemera Contemplative Fellowship for Artists. Her films have screened internationally at festivals and venues including San Diego Underground Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Process Festival, Revolutions per Minute Festival, AcreTV.org, Artists’ Television Access, the Nightingale, and the Poetics and Politics Documentary Research Symposium at the University of California, Santa Cruz.