RAMONA LEIGH TAYLOR, born on a farm in rural Georgia, is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law. She has lived in Virginia since 1985. Taylor had worked as a principal and founder of Shockoe Productions, and now helms Caring Field Films.
Taylor began screenwriting as a hobby in 1996. Since that time, she has become a published writer, screenwriter and award winning filmmaker. She has been recognized for some of her earlier scripts through various writing competitions, including Scriptapalooza, Slamdance, Screencraft, Ink and Cinema, and Filmmatic Competitions. In 2008, the micro- budget horror film, Camp DOA, she penned forBirmingham-based Magic City Films, screened at the Pan African Film Festival. That same year, her script, Respite, was a finalist in the Virginia Governor’s Screenwriting Competition. In 2018, her screenplay, Blind Justice, was named a winner in the Virginia Governor’s Screenwriting Competition and has continued to be recognized in other national and international writing competitions and festivals. Her script, Stone’s Compass, has also been recognized in national competitions.
Several of her video projects have earned recognition. Her PSA My River Bridge was the first place Professional Division Winner in the 2009 Streaming the James Video competition. Her educational short, Are Bacteria Good for Us? was a finalist in the ProjectED video competition in 2014. B-STEM Court: The Case for Dr. Bath and B-STEM News, other educational shorts, were a 2016 finalist and a 2017 winner, respectively in Women In Technology International’s B-STEM Project video competition. Taylor also won a Bronze Telly for her work on Mount Carmel Morning, a weekly religious program in 2017 and, two years later, won a Silver Telly for her International Men’s Day tribute. In 2020, she earned several video or communications related awards, which include two Communicator Awards of Distinction, A Videographers Award for Distinction and Honorable Mention, and two Hermes Awards, a Gold and an Honorable Mention. Her film, Resounding: Women Waymakers for American Suffrage, placed third in the Justice Bell Foundation’s global competition.
Several of her short films, including Bruehm’s Closet, Relativity Redux, The Inevitable, Looking Up, Half the Battle, and Days of Togetherness, have been won awards or been official selections in national and international film festivals, including Legacy Media International Film Festival, One-Reeler Short Film Competition, Royal Wolf Film Awards, Vegas Movie Awards, Charlotte Black Film Festival, the Waynesboro Short Film Showcase, San Diego Black Film Festival, and the North Carolina Black Film Festival. While not formally trained, Taylor has also served as crew number of commercial, television and film projects, including Stalwart Films’ Walking Dead 3, ABC/Disney/Amazon’s TV Pilot Point Of Honor, Stalwart Films’ TURN, Shooting Creek Films’ feature The House Of Good and Evil.