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Dword_avatar Tracy Tragos


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Tracy Droz Tragos produced and directed “Be Good, Smile Pretty,” which aired on PBS’s Independent Lens and won the 2004 EMMY Award for Best Documentary. The film also won Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Aspen FilmFest, the 2004 Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative, the President’s Award for Excellence in Documentary Film from Vietnam Veterans of America, the 2004 Cine Golden Eagle Award, and the 2005 Notable Film for Adults Award from the American Library Association. Tracy traveled around the United States, screening the film as part of an outreach campaign to support veterans and their families. Tracy and the story of her film were also featured on the CBS news program, “60 Minutes.”

Tracy holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA with honors in Cinema/Television from USC. After a hiatus for motherhood, Tracy founded Dinky Pictures, which is currently in development on a personal film about death, faith and her adoptive father’s itinerant ministry, as well as her collaboration with her cousin, Andrew Droz Palermo, on RICH HILL, about a place she still calls home.