Signe Taylor is a media educator and freelance documentary producer.
Her first video, Greetings From Iraq, documented the effects of Operation Desert Storm and the international embargo on Iraqi children and their families. Greetings From Iraq won numerous awards at film festivals, including the Golden Plaque at the Chicago Film Festival and a CHRIS Award. The video was broadcast by public television and was used for fundraising and educational purposes by many grassroots organizations.
In her work as a Media Educator, Signe Taylor has collaborated with diverse groups of teens to create educational videos about conflict resolution and substance abuse prevention. These videos have been well received at film festivals and are in use in classrooms nationwide. Her free-lance work includes producing videos for children’s shows on PBS, directing shorts for commercial and educational clients, and shooting for C-Span.
Her next documentary, Circus Dreams, is a vibrant feature about Circus Smirkus, one of the best youth circuses in the world. Well-received on the festival circuit, Circus Dreams was awarded Best Film4Families Feature at Seattle International Film Festival, Audience Choice at Woods Hole Film Festival, Indie Spec Special Recognition Award at the Boston International Film Festival, Parents’ Choice Gold Award and a Youth Jury Honorable Mention at Sprockets, the family section of the Toronto International Film Festival, among other honors, before being broadcast on public television in 2012.
She just finished It’s Criminal, a poignant and personal documentary about the life-changing experiences of incarcerated women and Dartmouth College students working together to write and perform an original play about the experiences of the imprisoned women. The film that delves into privilege, poverty and injustice and asks viewers to think about who is in prison and why — while also sharing an inspiring story about how empathy is a powerful force that can help bridge the divide.
She’s currently seeking funding to help support the distribution of It’s Criminal.