News & Awards for our personal documentary work
Legacy Planning in the Digital Age
The May 2014 edition of prestigious wealth management journal "Trusts and Estates" carries an article Your Story Here's Jane Shafron wrote on the subject of legacy planning in the digital age. "The project can be as simple as a collection of scanned letters or photographs," she co-writes with Orange County identity Victoria Collins, "as insightful as an ethical will or as comprehensive as a personal or family history documentary." Trusts and Estates Magazine (web link)
"Here I Am": Extraordinary Lives in the Inland Empire
In October 2012, Your Story Here was proud to help out Chaffey College with its ground breaking exhibition "When I'm Sixty-Four" at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art exploring the lives of our country's plus 50 population. Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (web link)
Los Angeles Times: How Jane became a Video Biographer
Jane Shafron, owner of family history and personal documentary company Your Story Here LLC, became a video biographer after recovering from illness. Her journey to becoming one of the foremost personal historians in video was written up for the LA Times in December 2011. Read Jane's story (web link)
Our 92-year-old Bee's on Facebook (and in the news)!
We were lucky enough to meet and film Bee Gibbs in early 2011. At age 92, we discovered she is one of the oldest people on Facebook.
Bee's story made front page news here in Southern California.
Was being the feature story in The Orange County Register too "old media" to impress our thoroughly modern Bee? Well, Bee had very wide tastes and was not above throwing a glance towards a broadsheet from time to time.
See Bee's story (web link)
Your Story Here Featured in Major Story About Ethical Wills
"Want to Live Forever? Bequeath Wisdom" writes the Orange County Register in its feature story on ethical wills and the job that Your Story Here is doing to help people preserve their beliefs and values.
Read the story (PDF)
Growing Up Mischling
Laguna Woods' senior Inge Papich's difficult story, revealed by us in our personal documentary "Growing Up Mischling", becomes front page news.
"Growing up partly Jewish in a Nazi world" (story image)
That film was an official selection in the Newport Beach Film Festival 2010 and won "Best Short Documentary" in the 10th Annual Lake Arrowhead Film Festival plus a 2009 Telly Award. Click here to see the opening minutes of that personal history video documentary.
Inge's story (YouTube)
"88 Years" receives wide acclaim
Our video biography of Loraine Barr entitled "88 Years in the Closet" received the audience award for Best Documentary at the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival.
Award Story (story image)
It was an official selection in the Women's International Film Festival in Miami: WIFF page. As well as the Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto: TIO page. And was selected to feature at film festivals in Philadelphia, Austin, Santa Fe and Los Angeles. The film is currently playing on PBS channel KOCE-OC.
Check PBS TV schedule for next broadcast
Tyler Hammond brushed shoulders with Hollywood royalty as well as LA gangsters as a California Highway patrol man in the 40s and 50s. Our personal history documentary about Tyler Hammond's life was featured in the Orange County Register.
Mr. Tyler Hammond (story image)
Most of our subjects have lived through the dramatic events of the 20th century - the Depression, Pearl Harbor, the War and the Atomic Bomb, the Cold War, the 1960s and so much more. Their children are more curious about those times than they realize! And they want their own children to know their history. So we said in this news item back in 2007. Would say the same today!
Your Story Here (story image)
National Public Radio
Dorothy Barrett has Alzheimer's. Her short term memory is poor but her long term memory is much better. Her family decided that a personal history video biography would be great way to preserve Dorothy's fading memories. Read her story.
See more of our personal and family history documentary work on our YouTube channel
Your Story Here on YouTube
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Our attention to detail is second to none - in each of the preproduction, production, and post-production phases of the project.
Of course, our task always starts with your unique needs. We listen.
Our work has been recognized in film festivals in the USA as well as Canada.
And our business, and our clients' stories, have often been featured in the news.
Family history and personal documentaries.
Jane Shafron, owner of Your Story Here LLC, was featured in the December 2011 issue of "Success" magazine talking about holiday traditions for the modern family.
In the story, she advises families not just to shoot the scenery when on vacation, but to shoot each other.
Read Jane's comments (PDF)
Jane was also featured in the November 15, 2010 issue of national woman's magazine "Woman's World" as part of a piece about women who have made a success of small business. "Millions of people read Woman's World every week - often, like me, in the supermarket line! So the exposure for Your Story Here Video Biography is fantastic." Jane credits her success to her personal approach to her business. "It starts with my website," she said. "My picture is on every page! So people know exactly who they are dealing with."
See the Woman's World story
Tom Patty is not the sort of man to do things by halves. His career as an adman gave him clients like Nike, Nissan and Pizza Hut. When he retired from Chiat/Day Advertising in 1998 he was President and Worldwide Account Director. "My wife wants a large garden in the North West. I reflected on that for a long time," says Tom. "In truth, the whole world is Susan's garden. She cares for a large circle of friends and family just as she would care for her garden. I wanted someone to help me turn that concept into a gift."
Newspaper story and video clip
Our Own Story in the News
Interested in learning a little more about our story? We - and the personal documentary business - were profiled back in 2009 by Greg Hardesty. Read about how Jane's own brush with death gave her the impetus and the inspiration to start Your Story Here LLC.
Read about our story
Your Story Here Featured in December 2011 edition of Industry Journal "Preservation Chronicles"
The historians' journal "Preservation Chronicles" services an audience of professionals who perform cultural resource management and historic preservation services. It became aware of our work preserving personal and family stories on video and featured an article on one of our recent projects in its December 2011 edition.
Read "A Video Journal Records an Irish American's Journey into the Past" in Preservation Chronicles (PDF)