Taylor Krauss is a documentary filmmaker who brings two decades of professional cinematography, producing, and oral history experience to bear in film and journalism. Since 2015, Krauss has been documenting the last chapter of Yezidi life in the Shingal mountains following the 2014 genocide against the Yezidi in Iraq. In collaboration with Casita Maria, Krauss is currently filming a documentary about the legendary musician Arturo O’Farrill’s nine-piece jazz ensemble BronX BandA, birthed out of the shadow of COVID-19.
Krauss trained under Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, producing the seven-part series THE WAR, and has worked under dozens of directors on documentaries including Eugene Jarecki's Promised Land and The House I Live In; Eve Ensler’s City of Joy; Matthew O’Neill and Perri Peltz’s Alternate Endings; four seasons of Axios on HBO; Abigail Disney's Women, War & Peace; Rory Kennedy’s Without a Net; David France's The Death and Life of Martha P. Johnson; Edet Belzberg's Watchers of the Sky; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s The Battle of Amfar; and David McMahon and Sarah Burns’ Muhammad Ali.
Krauss received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Susan J. Herman Award for Leadership in Holocaust and Genocide Awareness for establishing Voices of Rwanda, an archive dedicated to filming testimonies of rescapés. Krauss has curated exhibits at UNESCO, the U.N., the Memorial de la Shoah in Paris, the Center of Oradour-sur-Glane, the Sought Foundation, and dozens of universities worldwide.
In partnership with Yazda, Krauss established Voices of Yezidi to document the 2014 genocide against the Yezidi by ISIS. This documentation work has been used by Amal Clooney’s legal team for international cases against ISIS perpetrators. In 2018, Krauss began working with Rosette Royale to establish an oral history project dedicated to individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the Puget Sound Area in partnership with the Seattle Parks Foundation’s the AIDS Memorial Pathway. Krauss is a member of the Yale Genocide Studies Program Advisory Board.