Shannon Taggart is a New York-based filmmaker with more than 20-years of experience, spanning television news, documentary, corporate communications and education. 

In addition to her work on a wide array of freelance projects both in New York and around the globe, Taggart has also spent the past six years as the in-house documentarian at CUNY Prep, a Bronx school that helps out-of-school youth transition to college. She has integrated video into the school culture, producing films with and about the students, and creating an extensive library of videos used for professional development and public relations. She also produces films for a number of other City University of New York Projects, including the Early College Initiave, CUNY Start and the New Community College.  

Taggart, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism, started her career as a television reporter and producer. She eventually switched sides, managing broadcast media relations for a national financial services firm. While she has a foundation of strong professional credentials, Taggart also prides herself on occasionally hopping off the traditional career path for other enriching life experiences. Over the years, she’s lived and worked at a monastery of socially-active Benedictine nuns, been a gas station attendant in the Grand Tetons and taught elementary school in the Bronx, just to name a few.  

But one of her favorite vocational detours, and one that shaped her as a person and a filmmaker in some very profound ways, included three years living at a home for 600 orphaned and abandoned children in Honduras. In 2006, she traveled to all nine homes of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos throughout Latin America and Haiti, shooting documentary-style fundraising videos for each home and editing them in a make-shift studio, often with a kid on her lap and a colony of ants happily nested in her CPU. 

While she has slightly more reliable technology at her disposal today (and fewer ants to pester her) Taggart still prides herself on being able to dive into a project passionately and take it from start to finish with little more than her camera, her creativity and some resourceful thinking.  

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