Deer began her professional career with CanWest Broadcasting in Montreal, and later joined Rezolution Pictures to co-direct ONE MORE RIVER: THE DEAL THAT SPLIT THE CREE, with Neil Diamond (Cree), which won the Best Documentary Award at the 2005 Rendez-vous du cinema québécois in Montreal and was nominated for Best Social/Political Documentary at the Geminis.
She next wrote, directed and filmed MOHAWK GIRLS, about the lives of three teenagers, and herself as a teen, growing up in Kahnawake. Her most recent solo documentary, CLUB NATIVE, focuses on the issues of community membership and blood quantum, and was an official selection of Hot Docs 2008. She has also teamed up with director Paul Rickard (Cree) of Mushkeg Media to co-write and co-direct a feature documentary for APTN about a grass roots Mohawk language immersion school in Akwesasne called KANIEN’KEHAKA: LIVING THE LANGUAGE.
Deer formed Mohawk Princess Pictures in 2006, which produced her first short fiction called ESCAPE HATCH, a dramedy about the romantic misadventures of a Mohawk woman on her quest for love.
Most recently, Tracey produced, wrote and co-directed the 6-part documentary series WORKING IT OUT TOGETHER hosted by Waneek Horn-Miller, produced by Rezolution Pictures for APTN. Currently, she has multiple projects in development, including a 3D feature documentary and a fiction feature screenplay.
Tracey received a B.A. in film studies from Dartmouth College in 2000, graduating with two awards for excellence. In 2009, she shared the Don Haig Award with colleague Brett Gaylor for overall career achievement as an emerging filmmaker. In 2008, Playback Magazine declared her one of the 25 rising stars in the Canadian entertainment industry. She is also a member of The Writer’s Guild of Canada. (8/14)
A film by Tracey Deer, 2005, 53 min., Color
In MOHAWK GIRLS, filmmaker Tracey Deer intimately captures the lives of three exuberant and insightful Mohawk teenagers as they face their future. Lik...