As the founder of Taproot, Michigan-based filmmaker Karl Koelling has a wide range of project experience. After film school, he experienced early success in producing Ed’s Story, a SXSW world premiere and award-winning series that further defined his passion for doc-style storytelling.

Other notable directorial work includes 1,000 Mile Dream (Mountain film 2020, Vimeo Staff Pick), a film made for REI that tells the story of Liza Dietzen, a female dog sledder with dreams of competing in the Iditarod. He has created work for brands such as Chevrolet, GM, Coca-Cola, Little Caesars, and Autodesk, and has garnered multiple Vimeo staff picks as well as a National Gold Addy.

Karl started Taproot with the intent of producing meaningful content regardless of brand or organization, and it is this vision that provides the framework for the type of storytelling that Taproot is known for today. Karl currently lives in Michigan with his wife and three children.