Rahdi Taylor is Executive Vice President of Artists in Residence at Concordia Studio, launched by Davis Guggenheim, Jonathan King and Laurene Powell Jobs to develop, produce or finance content across all platforms with some of the most creative partners and collaborators from around the world. Previously, Taylor spent 10 years at Sundance Institute where she served as Head of the Sundance Documentary Fund. Her role was to award financing and creative support to documentary films globally. Films supported include Academy Award nominees American Factory, Minding the Gap, Hale County, Fathers and Sons, Strong Island, Last Men in Aleppo, I am Not Your Negro, The Look of Silence, Cartel Land, CITIZENFOUR, The Square, Dirty Wars, Invisible War, How To Survive a Plague and many others. Taylor designed and directed the Documentary Core Application; a common funding proposal adopted by most US and several international documentary funders. She also created the Doc Film Money Map, a tool to catalyze nonfiction filmmakers to use state tax incentives for indie doc financing. She authored the Impact Storyboarder to translate organizing principles and practices for nonfiction filmmakers for more powerful campaign strategy.
Prior to Sundance, Taylor worked in film distribution at California Newsreel in San Francisco and, at Women Make Movies in New York. She was a teaching Artist at Yerba Buena Center for the Art in San Francisco, served as adjunct faculty at New College of California, and has been an invited guest lecturer at University of Florida, New York Film Academy, Mills College, and U.C. Berkeley. She holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.