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 including the Portland Film Festival, Indie Memphis, and the Macon Film Festival, among others. Kyle is a yearly screener for the Portland Film Festival (Portland, OR) and in 2019 will work as a mentor filmmaker for the Indie Memphis Youth Film Festival CrewUP program. Kyle was also recently selected as 1 of 10 filmmakers in the state of Tennessee to participate in the TN10 Best of the Best Filmmaking Competition (2019) hosted by the Knoxville Film Festival.
Kyle is currently developing his first feature, and Soul Man is his 18th 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