Henna Taylor is an award winning filmmaker based in Boulder Colorado. She began making films in 2011while documenting her experience living with four midwives in rural Cambodia. Through the documentation of this delicate subject of motherhood and childbirth in Cambodia, she discovered a passion for capturing the most subtle and humbling elements of the human spirit. In her work, Henna strives to capture these most basic moments. In every project, she is known for her capacity to listen honestly to the story unfolding in front of her, and for engaging fully in all aspect of storytelling. Her goal is to offer audiences a complete experience of the life occurring on screen. Her films are the product of this attention to detail in every daily life.
In 2019 her film Speak To Me Softly won “Best Mountain Short” at the Banff Film Festival. The year before she created Valley of the Moon for the Reel Rock 13 Film Festival and Tour. Her documentary Wadi Rum (the inspiration for Valley of the Moon) won the Grand Jury Award at the 2018 Yosemite International Film Festival and was an official selection at Wasatch Mountain Film Festival, Ottawa Adventure Film Festival, Lebanese Independent Film Festival, among many others festivals around the world.
A THOUSAND WAYS TO KISS THE GROUND (2020)
THE Color of Mourning is an exploration into the unique relationship that members of the rock climbing and alpinism communities have to grief, loss, trauma, and overall mental health. This film is made in collaboration with the Climbing Grief Fund (CGF), an organisation that "acts a resource hub connecting individuals to effective mental health professionals and resources. CGF is working to evolve the conversation around grief and trauma in the climbing, alpinism and ski mountaineering community."
SPEAK TO ME SOFLTY (2019)
I remember riding in the shuttle bus with Jenny in Zion while filming Hip Hop Gone Wild. She turned to me and began telling me how she wanted to explore her relationship to Fear in climbing through writing and film. As she spoke I could see this film behind my eyes, it was as if she was making it right there in that bus with every work she spoke. It took work to get this project off the ground but once we did, the film began to lead the way. As we filmed this piece, it became clear that what we were up to was unpacking that relationship Jenny has originally spoken about. The point wasn't so much to understand fear as much as it was to better understand how Jenny, and many of us, communicate with fear in moments of intensity. Making are, in wild space, about the human experience under pressure is one of my favorite things to do! Through this film I had the opportunity to understand myself even more.
WADI RUM (2018)
Wadi Rum was a one and a half year project which began seated around my kitchen table talking to Eli Nissan, one of the main characters in the film, about his love of Wadi Rum's desert, people, and climbing. We were on a plane, headed there within the month. With the incredible help of Mohammad Hussein, the other main character in the film, and Alon Brookstien, my drone pilot, this film was shot in nearly 4 weeks. It was such an honor to spend the next year and a bit uncovering the character of the desert, the connection between people, the struggle, the joy, and the undertones. I set out to make a small piece about climbing in the desert of Jordan and was so happy to then let this film take a life of its own.
THE HONEYMOON IS OVER (2017)
The Honeymoon is Over was my first adventure film. Starting out, I had no idea I was going to make an entire filmed short. I had asked Madaleine if I could film her working on this route as a way for me to learn how to shoot rock climbing. I had no idea that the project would turn into what it has become. I remember the first time rappelling down the face of the Diamond after a 4 hour hike, 13,800 feet high, 1200 feet above the ground, I had the feeling that I had discovered a type of filmmaking that I could see myself doing for a very long time. Here were the crossroads of technique, physically labour, and art. I had a huge smile on my face.
Working with Becca Droz on this project was, to this day, the most playful collaboration of my life. I felt like there were no stop-gaps in our process together, like we were riffing off each other through the whole process. Becca told me about her idea to merge her passions, beat-boxing and climbing, in a fun music video and there was no way I could refuse her.
HIP HOP GONE WILD (2018)
TWISTED GIFT (2018)
Melissa Michaels approached me with her dream of sharing her story surounding her experience surviving ovarian cancer and I instantly accepted. Something I found so beautiful about her process through this stage in her life was her dedication and capacity to authentically merge traditional, earth-based healing modalities with the modern western medicine. Dance them together throughout her whole body and come through to the other side more complete than ever.
NO MAN'S LAND FILM 2017
BEST ALL FEMALE PRODUCTION AWARD
Awarded for her film short, The Honeymoon is over
Yosemite International 2018
GRAND JURY AWARD
Awarded for her documentary, WADI RUM
Awarded for her film short, Speak To Me Softly
DOCS WITHOUT BORDERS 2019
Awarded for her film short, Twisted Gift