Water Flows Together
I recently released Water Flows Together in partnership with Spruce Tone Films. In the film, Colleen Cooley, a female Navajo river guide, expresses her deep kinship with indigenous lands and the San Juan River. This portrait of a strong woman is also a portrait of the San Juan River, a timeless landscape and an ancient culture — all of it at risk because the water is threatened.
Recent Work in India
As a Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar, I spent a year based out of Jaipur, Rajasthan, producing a series of documentaries about a diverse set of water challenges on the Indian subcontinent. The three focus areas of my research and work were the protection of free-flowing Himalayan rivers from hydroelectric dam development in Uttarkhand, water access in Jaipur's unauthorized urban settlements, and the threat of melting glaciers to fragile water supply systems in Ladakh.
In addition to funding from the US and Indian Fulbright Commission, I recieved support from International Rivers, Expeditions India, Naya Sawera NGO, and Joseph Fletcher.
Read an interview I did about the production of these three films here.
Kumik and the Glacier
Meme Falchung, the oldest person in Kumik, has watched through the years as the glacier above his village melts away. Now, as Meme reaches the end of his life and the villagers of Kumik make plans to move their community from its centuries-old location, local monks have traveled to perform a prayer to ask for respite.
The Women of Kunda Basti
Set during the blistering heat of summer in Jaipur, Rajasthan, The Women of Kunda Basti follows the lives of three women in an urban slum, where the burden of collecting and often fighting for water is carried by the community’s mothers and daughters. As the film follows the women through a single day in the Kunda Basti slum, it highlights the ways in which each takes action to better her community.
Mahakali features a group of Indian whitewater kayakers as they complete a first, and potentially final, descent of the dam-threatened Mahakali River. As the paddlers say goodbye to an unparalleled stretch of river, they voice their support for and contemplate the importance of free-flowing rivers across the Indian subcontinent.
Recent Work in the American West
I recently completed work on my National Geographic Society-supported project and documentary film, Glen Canyon Rediscovered. The film highlights water management challenges in the Colorado River Basin and explores the history and impacts of Glen Canyon Dam.
Glen Canyon Rediscovered
Glen Canyon Rediscovered premiered on National Geographic's Short Film Showcase in December 2018 and has screened at and toured with multiple film festivals across the country. The film received a Juror Honorable Mention in the Documentary Short Category at the Durango Independent Film Festival.
Seldom Seen Sleight
The short film Seldom Seen Sleight , produced in conjunction with Glen Canyon Rediscovered, premiered at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival in May of 2018. In 2019, the film won the grand prize at Yale E360's Environmental Film Competition. The film was produced with support from the Glen Canyon Institute and recently screened at Wild and Scenic Film Festival and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital.
DCEFF Interview with Taylor Graham - April 2020.
A dam drowned Glen Canyon—but drought is revealing its wonders again - Q&A with National Geographic, Dec 2018.
Seldom Seen: A Poignant Look Back at Glen Canyon Before the Dam - Yale E360 Environmental Film Festival Grand Prize
Durangoan to screen film about epic river journey during Durango Independent Film Festival - Interview and article highlighting Glen Canyon Rediscovered in The Durango Herald, Feb 2019.
National Geographic Explorer Documents Water Issues Around the World - Interview with Fstoppers Magazine Online, Dec 2017.
An Ever-Growing Thirst - Article about my work in India for Fuse Magazine, Mar 2017.
Taylor Graham and the River - Short video about my work in college, Oct 2016.
I wrote op-eds and created advocacy videos while researching and reporting on Western water policy as the Water and Environmental Journalist at the Utah Rivers Council.
I produced, filmed and edited the widely-viewed documentary, Taming the Teesta. The film has been featured in film festivals across the United States and India.
I designed and coded interactive web features on food waste, drone warfare and avalanche fatalities.
I explored the social-entrepreneurial world with my venture, Lanapo.
I worked at Teton Gravity Research and IdeaLondon.
I published writing regarding the process of humanization, the contextualization of whiteness and the deconstruction of privilege.