Filmmakers and Producers

Luchina Fisher

Luchina Fisher (she/her) is an award-winning director, writer, and producer who works at the intersection of race, gender, and identity. Her feature directorial debut Mama Gloria, about Chicago trans icon activist Gloria Allen, premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival and BFI Flare London; won numerous jury awards; and made its broadcast debut on World channel and PBS. The film has been nominated for a 2022 GLAAD Media Award. Previously, Luchina co-executive produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed feature documentary Birthright: A War Story, which appeared in more than 70 theaters nationwide, qualified for Oscar consideration, and streamed on Hulu. She is the director of two scripted short films, including Danger Word, and has written and produced several nationally broadcast documentaries as well as numerous segments for television. She most recently produced two episodes of the upcoming History Channel series with President Bill Clinton and is directing a feature documentary on predatory lending in housing as well as the forthcoming feature documentary on trans soul singer Jackie Shane. Luchina began her career as a journalist and has written for People, the Miami Herald, The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Luchina is a Sisters in Cinema Documentary Fellow and a member of Brown Girl Doc Mafia, the Black Documentary Collective and Film Fatales. She is an inaugural recipient of the Brown Girl Doc Mafia Black Director’s Grant.


Mama Gloria
Luchina Fisher
Producer: Yvonne Welbon & Zainab Ali
2020, 76 min., Color, US
At a time when Black transgender women face escalating violence and make up the majority of transgender people murdered each year, Gloria Allen’s story is an inspiring portrait of aging seldom seen. Born in 1945, Gloria came of age amid the legendary drag balls on Chicago’s South Side. She transitio...

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