Recently named to the Independent Film Channel's list of emerging "Icons", Tracie Laymon is an independent screenwriter and director hailing from Austin, Texas.
Tracie moved from Texas to Russia at 14 to attend the Anglo-American School of Moscow. At 17, she was involved in a near-fatal car accident in Texas, broke her back and learned to walk again. This experience has shaped some of her storytelling and was the inspiration behind her first production company, Fractured and Fused Films, which she formed as a teenager and used to make her first two short films. Tracie interned for Richard Linklater’s Detour Film (“Boyhood”, “Dazed and Confused”) and worked as a photographer and video journalist for Time Warner News while studying Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin.
Tracie's directorial projects have won numerous jury awards at South by Southwest (SXSW), Las Vegas International Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, Memphis International Film Festival, the Feel Good Film Festival and many others. Her shorts have also premiered at festivals such as Fantastic Fest and Dallas International Film Festival. She received a nomination for the Milan International Film Festival Award, followed by her winning the Jury Award for Short Film of the Year from the Women's Image Network.
Tracie directed the web-based sitcom "Goodnight Burbank", featuring Dominic Monaghan ("Lost", "Lord of the Rings") and Laura Silverman ("Curb Your Enthusiasm", "The Sarah Silverman Program"). The show was first ever half hour comedy for the internet when it originally premiered on Hulu. It was further acquired by Mark Cuban who aired the full season on his TV Channel HDNet. Tracie also directed and wrote a featured segment of the anthology film "Girls!Girls!Girls!” starring Elaine Hendrix ("Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll", "The Parent Trap") and has been hired to rewrite projects for The Hoeber Brothers (“Red”, “Red 2”, “Battleship”), Andrew Douglas (“The Amityville Horror”), and acclaimed Polish filmmaker Jacek Bromski.
More recently, Tracie wrote and directed a short film called "Mixed Signals", which premiered at Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival in July 2018, won her the award for Best Director at Women Texas Film Festival, Best Writer at the LA Under the Stars Festival, Best Female Director at IMDB's Independent Shorts Awards, and Best Director at The Method Fest in March 2019. She also recently directed the proof of concept dramedy pilot "Matched" for Tess Allen, which premiered at the Downtown Independent Theatre in March of 2019 to a sold out 220-seat audience.
Tracie is also currently attached to direct the feature film "Ride", written by Mark Stuver, and the TV pilot for "Real M*ther", created by Claire McClanahan and written by Vanessa Stewart and Claire McClanahan.
Last fall she shadowed as "observing director" on a hit TV show and is currently casting for her script “One Small Step for Neil", which will serve as her feature directorial debut. The script won Best Screenplay at the LA Comedy Festival, advanced to the Top 1.5% of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition (out of over 4,060 feature-length entries), and received the Award of Merit from the Catalina Film Festival. She and her producers aim to shoot the film later this year.
Tracie is currently in development of several other original television and film projects and is represented by The Gersh Agency in Beverly Hills, CA as well as Heroes and Villains Entertainment.
She can also be found teaching at Ghetto Film School and is a passionate advocate for disabled actors.