In 2006, Lisa Weinstein contacted me about making a Legacy film about her grandparents, David and Frances. Married and in love forever, they'd helped raise Lisa while at the same time running a family business in Indianapolis. David was also a proud WWII veteran.
We met and hit it off, and I made arrangements to visit the Corazes in Indianapolis. However, Frances had trepidations. Her mother died when she was a little girl, and she'd barely spoken about it since. Her childhood had been difficult, and she wasn't eager to dredge up the past and talk about it with a total stranger. She kept postponing my visit, but I was persistent.
Eventually, she agreed to let me visit. I spent a weekend interviewing them and following them around in their daily lives. By the end of the weekend, they felt like family, and they didn't want me to leave.
Lisa called me up this winter to let me know that David and France both passed away within months of each other in 2014. She thanked me profusely for the Legacy film they have documenting and celebrating these two wonderful, kind, and generous souls. Now that she is a mother, she is grateful that she will be able to share them with her kids and hopefully one day with future grandkids of her own.
Here's what she had to say at the end of the project:
"I would absolutely recommend [Legacy Connections Films] to anyone—in fact I have already. Key reasons are the personalized experience and high quality product. The process was really professional from start to finish. I hit it off with Arielle immediately and just felt comfortable that she was the right person to pull this together—which is important given the personal nature of the project. Arielle stayed in touch even with my hectic schedule via phone and email, gave me the opportunity to input on the rough cut and took on board all of my feedback. It's funny because initially it was my idea to do this video of my grandparents. My mom wasn't on board at first—she didn't understand why we needed to spend money to do it professionally. However, after the process—everyone is so excited! I think it is absolutely wonderful and worth the time and investment. And in fact my grandparents ended up really enjoying having the opportunity to tell their stories. They felt very important and can't wait to see their 'life video' as they call it! They are two of the most special people in my life and I feel blessed to have spent my first 33 years with them. However, my children (when we have them!) will not have the same chance I did to get to know them and hear their wonderful stories. So these 2 hours really preserve some of the most precious memories of them and of their stories.
— Lisa Weinstein (Chicago, IL)