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.

TN10 Best of the Best Filmmaking Challenge - Knoxville Film Festival, 2019

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