About

Leslie Wittman
Video Producer/
Personal Historian

I get great joy in helping individuals, families, and community groups capture, preserve, and share the stories that matter to them--not just "big" stories of dramatic events, but also the simple tales of everyday life. Stories that honor and celebrate their lives.

 

The people I work with recognize the value and importance of creating these types of programs for their family or community but they’re often too busy or just don’t have the skills or equipment to do it themselves. They realize that time is passing so I am pleased to work with them, before it's too late, to create high-quality videos that can be passed down through generations.

 

My experience includes:

 

Community Histories

  • I conceptualized and produced Bedford Memories: Stories of a Small Town, a living-history documentary that chronicles life in Bedford, MA throughout the last century as it grew from a small farming community to the vibrant town it is today. It features stories from many longtime residents who shared their memories of a town that’s a wonderful place to live and work. Interwoven with historical photos, the interviews present engaging and often amusing snapshots of Bedford life in the days long before computers, cell phones, and even traffic lights.

 

Video Memoirs and Biographies

  • I produce videos that include more than the basic interview. Family photos, films, and mementos, woven into the story, make it come alive, while the video captures the way the person looks, talks, gestures, and laughs.

 

World War II Memories Project

  • I videotaped and edited interviews of 20 men and women who lived through WWII

  • The project won The LeadingAge Massachusetts 2013 Program Innovation of the Year Award

  • The videos have been shown on cable television and donated to the local historical society and high school

  • The project featured in The Boston Globe and other media as a prime example of how older generations can share their personal stories through video

 

Food and Culture Projects

  • I produced and directed What's Cooking Bedford: Celebrating Cultural Diversity One Meal at Time, a documentary celebrating ways that food can help people stay connected to their cultural heritages

  • Created a video cookbook of home-style Sri Lankan cuisine

  • Video showcasing vendors and food available at a local farmers' market

  • Produced a "live" Iron Chef competition

  • Flavorful Memories videos with individual clients who want to pass along favorite recipes, traditions and food memories to their families

 

I've lived in Bedford, Massachusetts for over twenty-five years, and enjoy supporting my community through volunteering. I've served on the boards of directors for the Bedford Farmers' Market and the Friends of the Bedford Library, as well as on many committees including Bedford Center for the Arts, Bedford Business Education Alliance, the Bedford Community Table/Pantry. I'm currently a member of the Bedford Cultural Council.

© 2019 Stories with a Heart Video Productions       Leslie Wittman | storieswithaheartvideos@gmail.com | Bedford, MA | 781-698-9724