Traci Hercher is a Brooklyn-based experimental filmmaker and educator. She received her M.F.A. in film and video production from the University of Iowa in 2019. Her 16mm essay films have screened internationally at festivals and venues including The DocYard, Walker Art Center, San Diego Underground Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Process Festival, Revolutions per Minute Festival, AcreTV.org, Artists’ Television Access, the Nightingale, and Poetics and Politics Documentary Research Symposium at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has been awarded an artist residency at MASS MoCA (2019), the Jane Geuting Camp Fellowship to VCCA (2019), and the Nonfiction Shorts Prize from Northampton Film Festival (2018).
While at MacDowell, she edited her experimental documentary Daddy of ‘Em All, which explores Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming, an annual 10-day celebration of ‘Western roots’ culminating in the world’s largest outdoor rodeo. Through dislocated images and interviews with Frontier Days insiders, including her own mother, the film grapples with heritage, ideology, violence, and borders in a time of growing nationalism.