Taj grew up in the tiny hamlet of Royalston, Massachusetts, a tight-knit community of artists, craftspeople, and small business owners in rural New England. The son of a master craftsman and a writer, Taj decided at a young age to pursue his passion for film, making documentaries about his family and horror/comedy films about his dog and pizza.
Heeding the call of adventure, Taj traveled to Singapore to hone his filmmaking skills at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia. He graduated with an MFA in Film Production after shooting films in Pakistan, Korea, Japan, Nicaragua, Singapore, and Kuwait.
His short films screened at festivals worldwide including Telluride, Slamdance, Moscow International Film Festival, Palm Springs, Glasgow, and Tokyo Shorts. He was awarded Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Endeavours Documentary Film Festival for his short doc about Singapore's first female professional MMA fighter.
Upon leaving Asia, Taj returned to his roots in New England to make a series of videos profiling local craftsmen, artists, and small businesses. The videos blend Taj's cinematic eye and background in storytelling with his interest in the details of craftsmanship.
Taj lives and works in Los Angeles as a writer, director, and editor, and regularly returns to New England to film craftspeople and soak up the seasonal weather.
He's been known to work for beer.