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Asleep At The Family History Blog Wheel

Posted on November 2nd, 2016

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I keep meaning to come back here and write some more for those of you who read regularly or those who happen to find me. But I feel as if I’ve pretty much said everything there is to say on the topic of Family History, Video Biographies, Tribute Videos, capturing your family stories and every single aspect of why it should be important to you and why it will be important to your descendants. Some of you get it, some don’t see the value and some get it well after you’ve read about my services. Often times you get it too late. I can only preach so much.

So at this point, this blog contains tons of wonderful articles from how to do things yourself to ideas for gathering your family together and getting them telling stories. I invite you to poke around and of course, please leave me a comment or send an email if you’re inspired by what you’re reading. For the time being, (and actually for some time in the near past) I will not post new content to this blog. I might change that at a later date but right now, “that’s all she wrote.”

Mind you, I am still actively involved in helping my clients capture their stories. But I”m also really interested in Genealogy and am doing a lot of work with that, both for my clients as well as for my own family. I’m doing a lot of archiving and have been working with one family for over a year and a half now, helping them get all their media organized and archived. I’ve always been interested in empowering young girls and am now helping organize a conference this spring to provide some wonderful presentations for young girls to see what’s available to them and show them some amazing role models. I’m interested in learning and mastering HDR photography. You can look that up, it’s too complicated to explain here. So I’m forever learning, exploring and enthusing about my passions, I’m just not going to write about them for awhile, at least not here.

Stefani Twyford is a personal historian sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.

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The Salt Of The Earth – about Sebastião Salgado

Posted on August 14th, 2015

Last week I watched the documentary “The Salt of the Earth” about documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado. This is one of those films that I can’t stop thinking about, which is a good thing.

For those that aren’t familiar with Salgado’s work, he is a Brazilian photojournalist and social photographer that has traveled the world photographing indigenous cultures and the social effects of major geo-political actions on these areas. Largely self-directed, these photo shoots have been published into large-format books that have helped raise awareness of mankind’s effect on human communities.

The film, co-directed by Wim Wenders and Salgado’s son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado deftly weaves interviews with Salgado, footage of him shooting, and exploration of his photo sessions with commentary by Wenders, Salgado’s wife Leila as well as his son Juliano. Much of the film is shot in black and white, reflecting Salgado’s choice of shooting in black and white although some fade to color sequences are there, which provide for some great dramatization and a reminder of why black and white can be so effective for documentary photography. There has been some criticism by reviewers that this film doesn’t explore his methodology nor explore the greater social implications of his work. I don’t find that a problem with this film. First of all, going in those directions could turn this into a docu-series and secondly, Wenders’ aim is more to provide a glimpse into an extremely talented and sensitive man and how his passion for exploration and documenting the human condition has led him on a 40 year global tour. I like the slow, almost moseying pace of the film for it allows the audience to really savor the impact of the images as well as to be present with Salgado’s own emotional affect.

I’m not exactly sure how long it took to make this film but you got the impression that Wenders has followed Salgado for much of his adult life, which allowed for a great time-line of personal narrative. Some really good film techniques were used to support Salgado’s actual photographs such as the use of other photos and film clips taken during photo shoots, and special effects such as Salgado’s face fading into a photograph he was talking about.

I hope this movie is available near you. I would imagine at some point, it will be available on streaming platforms, but for now, you might check with your own museum or independent film theater.

Stefani Twyford is a personal historian sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.

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Posted in Family Memories, Multimedia Storytelling, Personal History

Legacy Multimedia Supports “Uncovered” Memoir

Posted on August 12th, 2015

Legacy Multimedia created a video to help friend Leah Lax with her Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the publication and promotion of her new memoir book, “Uncovered: How I left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home.”

Told in the rare voice of a once-covered woman, and the very first memoir ever of a gay person from the Hasidic fold, Uncovered is the moving story of Leah Lax’s journey toward a home where she truly belongs. Gloria Steinem, National Book Award winner Mark Doty, and NYTimes Bestseller Rosellen Brown all express glowing admiration for this moving memoir.

Leah is 90% toward her goal of raising $15,000 with only 11 days to go. I hope you’ll take the time to watch this video and consider donating whatever amount you’re moved by to her campaign.

Stefani Twyford is a personal historian sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.

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“I wish I had met you…”

Posted on January 26th, 2015

For the past few weeks I have been involved in a back and forth phone tag with a potential client.

Each time he’s called me, I returned the call, and each time I called, he was  busy and told me he would get back to me. A couple weeks ago he asked me to send him some more information about my work so I sent him a flyer, and links to several video clips and testimonials. But we never actually had “the conversation” about what he was looking for, how I could help him, and how soon we could get started.

He is a busy man, I get it. I actually have conversations like this all the time. The children are busy with their careers, their families, and their parents’ mortality is not a pressing concept.

Well I found out last night that this man’s father passed away yesterday. He became ill Friday night and by Sunday he was gone. I met his father a few times. He was a lovely man and seemed so vital when I saw him not too long ago.

There are no words to describe my sadness over his loss of his father. The family’s time will be taken up this week in the process of completion and then into mourning. And it may be a long while before they are at a place where I often find people. When they walk up to me and say, “I wish I had met you (insert time) six months ago, before I lost my father.”

 

Stefani Twyford is a personal historian sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.

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When Is Your Memory Truly Forgotten?

Posted on January 9th, 2015

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“I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.”  — Banksy

While this quote was directly attributed to the graffiti artist Banksy, the sentiment is not his alone and appears all over the place, attributed to several different people.

For instance:

“Some day soon, perhaps in forty years, there will be no one alive who has ever known me. That’s when I will be truly dead – when I exist in no one’s memory. I thought a lot about how someone very old is the last living individual to have known some person or cluster of people. When that person dies, the whole cluster dies,too, vanishes from the living memory. I wonder who that person will be for me. Whose death will make me truly dead?” Irvin D. Yalom, Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy

And

“There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.”David Eagleman, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

I’ve read that ancient Egyptians  believed that once your name vanished from people’s memories, you were truly dead.  That this complete erasure was comparable to an eternity in hell.

People are remembered by their legacy, whether it’s public or private. If something you did lives on in the public consciousness, then your name stays relevant and you, (your memory) become immortal.

With the work I do in video biographies, my goal is to create a work of art about your life that lives on into perpetuity, continually speaking your name as well as your accomplishments, thoughts, visions and goals into future generations of your family. By this, our wish is that your descendants who have yet to be born, will know you and understand who you are and that years down the line, your name will still be spoken and you will be remembered.

Stefani Twyford is a personal historian sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.

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Posted in Geneaology, Personal History, Preserving Memories