Kyle Taubken is a writer/director from Memphis, TN who grew up nearby in a small town in northern Mississippi. Inspired, in part, by the personal films of the New Hollywood movement and the low budget independent films of the early 90s, Kyle made his first short film at age 20. After completing his graduate work at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014, where his thesis film (The Neighborhood) won four graduate film awards, including Best Graduate Director and Best Graduate Film, Kyle returned to Memphis where he continues to make films and work as a freelance videographer and editor.

Kyle’s films have screened in competition at festivals worldwide including the Portland Film Festival, Indie Memphis, the Cardiff Mini Film Festival, and the Macon Film Festival. Kyle is currently developing his first feature, and Patrick is his 17th short film.

Director’s Choice Award for Patrick - Grenada Afterglow Film Festival, 2018

Embark Program Graduate • New Memphis Institute, 2016

Outstanding Achievement for a Graduate Student • Savannah College of Art and Design, 2014

Best Graduate Director for The Neighborhood • Savannah College of Art and Design, 2014

Best Graduate Film for The Neighborhood  • Savannah College of Art and Design, 2014

Outstanding Student in Mass Communications • Freed-Hardeman University, 2011

A lot of skill and maturity behind the camera. Taubken’s got the goods and this film [Patrick] impressed everyone.
— John Wildman, Festworks