Molly Malone Cook/Mary Oliver and Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College

A 14 year collaboration

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, the first feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry is a 14-year collaboration between Tracy Heather Strain, Chiz Schultz and Randall MacLowry. The trio, through their companies, run Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project, LLC.

Tracy Heather Strain

Producer, Director, Writer

Tracy is an award-winning documentary filmmaker committed to using film, video and interactive technology to reveal the ways that race, ethnicity, gender and class work to shape lives. Since 1986 Strain has worked on numerous documentaries for PBS as well as videos for museums, schools and nonprofits. She is president and CEO of Boston-based media company The Film Posse, which she runs with her husband Randall MacLowry.

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Producer, Editor

Randall is an Emmy® nominee and two-time WGA Award winner who works primarily in the television arena. A director, writer, producer and editor with over 25 years of experience, he crafts documentary stories that connect society’s large historical and cultural narratives with individual life journeys. Much of MacLowry’s work has been for the PBS series American Experience, most recently “The Battle of Chosin” and “The Mine Wars.” He directed and produced both episodes, which aired in 2016.

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Executive Producer

Chiz has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in film and television. He is a two-time Emmy® nominee who has collaborated with filmmakers such as Spike Lee, Norman Jewison, Hal Ashby, Bill Duke and Sidney Poitier. Most recently, he co-produced Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015), a contemporary version of Bill Gunn’s landmark 1972 film Ganja & Hess, on which Schultz served as producer. He was an executive producer on Jewison’s A Soldier’s Story (1984), which netted three Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.

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