Documentary Director/ Photojournalist
A filmmaker and photojournalist, Taylor Rees is driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore and tell the stories beneath the surface. She infuses her passion for adventure into her work around environmental and humanitarian issues, bringing new perspectives and deeper public understanding to challenging topics such as climate change, energy, food sovereignty, conservation and extractive industries.
Her filmmaking in these fields has centered around natural resource conflicts, humanity, and adventures in Alaska, Greenland, Haiti, Nepal, Congo, Russia, Mexico, Iceland, Chile, the deserts of the Southwest, and throughout the Rocky Mountains.
She served as the Program Director of the Yale Environmental Film Festival and holds a master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry in environmental anthropology and film.
At the moment, Taylor is working on a number of documentary and film projectsto bring her stories to life.
Taylor’s Recent & Forthcoming Projects
In her public talk, Taylor discussed how risk narratives affect community dynamics. She shared an experience of a project in Alaska, where she encountered risk narratives around such issues as deforestation, commercial fisheries versus local fisheries access permits, and climate change. She spent two summers there and found a duality around these risk narratives, where they sometimes produce helpful outcomes such as starting positive movements, producing alliances, or bringing enemies/communities together. These narratives can also bring unintended consequences by pushing people out of the conversation movement when they feel that these narratives do not represent them.