The clients of Heirloom Films and Storybooks are so proud of their life story family history films that they want us to show them off publicly here! Each film project is unique but these samples will give you ideas about how your own film could be.
Families Of The Land
Ralph is a lawyer and a farmer. He comes from a long line of farmers. He and his father and grandfathers and uncles have all had land appropriated by local authorities to build highways. Ralph became an expert in agricultural law and stood up to city hall. But his life story family history film is also about his ancestors going back several generations. And Ralph made sure to we did video interviews with all the surviving elders in his family, including his own father Norman who was a pilot during World War II.
The Billie Davids Story
William Benjamin Davids, AKA Billie, is a 90+ cowboy who took his savvy out-on-the-range smarts into business in Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta. He ran very successful and profitable food and beverage businesses producing pet foods, soft drinks, rental cars, and golf courses. His children Shelley and Perry commissioned this film for their own grand kids.
The Luber-Seligman Connection
It could be said that the marriage of Ben Luber and Eva Seligman was the merger of two corporate families in Canada’s early 20th century textiles industry. But the story of their lives, family, and exploits is much more. This film was commissioned by their daughter Dolores who wanted to give her grandchildren a special gift at her 75th Birthday Party.
The Henry Singer Story
Henry Singer was a Big Band Leader in the 30’s and 40’s in Saskatoon. He later opened a suit shop in Edmonton that clothed many successful men. He was a founder of the Edmonton Eskimos Football team. This short clip is part of a large film project in which his daughter records their family history for her own grandchildren.
A Saskatoon Story
The Story of Bea Goldberg is about a family that was always part of community. It’s about strong women who have always been community leaders. And it’s about caring and giving and doing for a greater good, no matter how challenging life is. For Bea, the most important thing was to share something for her grandchildren that inspired them and helps them understand where they come from. Bea Goldberg had just turned 90 when this film was made.
Ed’s War and The Walsh Family Legacy
These are two clips from this one hour life story family history film featuring Ed Walsh as he tells the stories of his life, his two sisters, and his deceased wife Beverly Ilott. Ed shares about the first part of his World War II experiences as a 21 year old Corporal serving with the Regina Rifles in Holland and Germany. This is a great example of how simple video interviews and old photos can be brought together to make an interesting documentary film.
A Visit With Erika
When Erika came to Canada from Germany in the 1950’s she couldn’t speak English. Now she speaks better than me. In this heart-warming film Erika made specifically for her grand children, Erika shares the story of her parents, surviving World War II, meeting her beloved husband Otto, and living an amazing life in Canada. Using “Finger-Tip Naming” Erika points out her ancestors in the photos that have been in her family since the early 1900s.
The Sawle Story: A Plane Crash
For twins Linda Redmond and Leslie Lutes, their father Captain North Sawle was an adventurer - a bush pilot legend. But the tragic crash of the Comet Mark I jet airliner in 1953 took their father when they were only 10 years old. Was it “pilot error” as the manufacturer claimed or a defective airplane design? Fifty eight years later, Linda Redmond commissioned this film to tell the stories of her father and her family for her grandchildren.
The Story of Dr. Hellmut May
Being one of the youngest competitors in the 1936 Olympics in Germany was only one of Dr. Hellmut May’s many accomplishments. He also coached some of Canada’s top Olympic figure skaters: Karen Magnusen, Toller Cranston, Brian Orser, to name a few. In between, he found time to teach hundreds of young, hopeful skaters from Moncton to Vancouver.