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Environmental & Humanitarian Filmmaking

Taylor Rees, Kenna Klosterman

Environmental & Humanitarian Filmmaking

Taylor Rees, Kenna Klosterman

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Our weekly audio podcast We Are Photographers brings you true stories from behind the lens and behind the lives of your favorite photographers, filmmakers, and creative industry game-changers. From their struggles to their wins, host Kenna Klosterman discovers the real human stories about why they do what they do.

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In this episode, Taylor shares insights on the making-of a number of her recent films including From Kurils With Love. Her short documentary film Ashes to Ashes became Oscar qualified after winning 18 film festival awards on its circuit. She is currently working on a feature documentary about the impacts of green technology and lithium mining in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. We discuss the importance of co-creating narratives with the people and communities who are the subjects or may be impacted by her films. Find out what the role of director actually entails and hear stories from expeditions all over the world.


Taylor Rees is a filmmaker, photojournalist, Sony Artisan and avid explorer. She’s 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 the complexities of climate change, conservation, indigenous rights, environmental justice and extractive industries. She's shot and directed pieces for clients including National Geographic, The North Face and the United Nations.

Ashes to Ashes 
From Kurils With Love